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*** CAPTAIN ISAAC WILLIAMS ***
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*** GRAND CHILDREN ***
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*** Pioneers of ***
*** Lawrence County, Indiana ***
CAPTAIN ISAAC WILLIAMS
AND HIS GRAND CHILDREN
The Story of a Fighting Quaker
of Indiana Pioneers
Benjamin Franklin Junior Historical Series
A Bookshelf of American Genealogy
Ben F. and Alice L. Dixon
First edition, 150 copies
Second Edition 100 copies
June 1, 1967
6008 Arosa Street
San Diego 15 California
June 1, 1963
(This reproduction was created in the year 2002 by scanning and converting the original
publication into a Microsoft Word document on a desktop computer. The editor then
“proofed” the resulting translation, made some minor adjustments in spacing, font size,
etc while attempting to maintain the pagination, format, abbreviations, etc. of the
original. Some minor updates which are clearly identified as editorial comments have
been added. Roger G. Williams who linage is: Isaac Jr. >James Dixon >Rufus >Otmar
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D E D I C A T I 0 N, 1 9 6 3
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To Pioneers of three Generations:
Valiant Captain of the War of 1812;
Eminent Physician and Medical Pioneer
in the Field of Eye Surgery;
AUNT CORNELIA JONES
who, aetatis 83; still keeps the home fires burning
in “The Big House”.
Dedicatory Note, 1967
Aunt Cornelia passed away October 20, 1963, and now
sleeps the Long Sleep in Mount Olive Cemetery, near
Her sister, Aunt Zipporah Smith, nearing 89, is
Captain Isaac’s only surviving grandchild. Living with
her daughter at Williams, Postmaster Becky Padgett, she
improves the hours with the old-time hobbycraft of quilt
piecing. These Family Historians had the honor and the
joy of meeting her, October 31, 1965, on the occasion of
a family reception our Hoosier Cousins gave us at Williams.
We salute her now, as the family's Matriarch.
(Aunt Zipporah Smith passed away__________. This reproduction editor had the privilege of
meeting her daughter Becky Padgett, now the widow of Ratha Sims in the winter of 2000-2001.))
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1963 POST SCRIPTS AND PREFACE 1967
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There were not enough copies of the 1963 edition! Hence a reprint is due,
involving some additions and corrections to the original book. A majority of
the 150 copies published four years ago went to the Adamson Reunion Association
of Lawrence County, Indiana, for distribution to interested descendants of
Captain Isaac, his sister Rachel (Adamson) and his distinguished neighbor,
Elder Abram Kern, with whose children his own intermarried. We presented a
goodly number to libraries and genealogical societies; but there were not
enough to go around. Since l963 we have had to disappoint many libraries and
relatives who wanted copies.
A number of corrections and additions have been made to the original
material. Cousin Beulah Thompson, of Williams, Vice-Regent of her DAR Chapter
in Lawrence County, contributed numerous pertinent dates and notes, which we
have attempted to integrate with the original stencils.
The marriage record of Immigrant Richard Williams was located among Quaker
documents at Swarthmore College, but was received too late for inclusion in our
1963 book. It is inserted here as page “1½.” Other Guinedd notes documenting
relationships of Williams pioneers in Penn's Colony were sent by the late Miss
Ethel McCorkindale of Ontario, California.
But the marriage record of her own ancestor, William Williams, Jr. the
pioneer preacher and youthful uncle of Captain Isaac, was found by Mrs.
Thompson. It was introduced as plate 4 of Lost Creek Memories and is
incorporated here as an important pioneer document of our Quaker ancestry.
Cousin Ethel, a retired school teacher, devoted many years to the compilation
of a family history of John and Mary which we published for her several months
in the wake of our own Captain Issac book. She had made this project a
lifetime ambition. And about six months after her book was published she
joined her Quaker fore-bears in the Valley of the Great Beyond.
Our answer to Query 1, (Where is Dr. Elkanak Williams buried?) was
supplied by Mrs. Donald Wade of Cincinnati. The location is Grave 138, Lot 46,
Spring Grove Cemetery on Spring Grove Ave., in Cincinnati. Mrs. Wade is the
former Esther Williams of Cedar Point, Kansas, daughter of the late Henry
Williams, grandson of Pryor and a g-gr-son of Captain Isaac. When Cincinnati's
City Manager was unable to locate the record, we broadcast a call for
information. Cousin Esther not only found the location and record, but she
also contributed a beautiful colorfoto of Uncle Elkanah's memorial.
Descendants of another Isaac Williams of Indiana have claimed the
signature on the 1816 Memorial to Congress (p. 17). Their claim may be valid.
There were at least, before 1820, in the same general region of Southern
Indiana, three apparently unrelated pioneers named Isaac Williams. To
demonstrate which of the three was the actual signer would involve meticulous
research in chirography and pertinent documents. It is not a matter of great
moment. But we believe that our Captain Isaac was the signer. He is known to
have been in the area for the purpose of locating his land, at the very time
when the petition was being circulated. In as much as he was a distinguished
officer of the late Indian Wars, 1813-14, his signature certainly would have
carried weight in Congress.
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ERRATA, ADDITIONS, & CORRECTIONS
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1–A Ethel McCorkindale's additional notes on Williams of Guinedd
1½ Insert: Marriage Record of Richard Wi11iams, 1717.
8/9 Insert: Preacher Williams of Lost Creek
14. 1872 (not) 1875, was date of death of Emily Hammersley
17. Memorial to Congress: See preface, --last paragraph
Soon after the 1963 publication, Cousin Beulah Thompson sent these items of correction
and addition, which we have endeavored to incorporate in the 1967 printing. Extra
copies of this list are available to 1963 book holders who may wish to enter the
39: Garrett and Lucy are buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery--not Old Union
Clarissa, m. 11-11-1852 ***
Louis R., d. 9-12-1898
Celia, d. 11- 3-1923 P. 70: Rufus Williams, d 10-11-26
Cytha, m. 2- 2-1853 at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Emily d. 7-14-1921 Emily Wms Kern d. 9-22-1926
Clarinda d 10-11-1924 Giles Williams d. 2-9-1849
Cyrena Wi11iams Sears --
40: Susan, d. 7- 2-1934 died at Cooperston, Okla.
Miscena R. d. 5-29-1929 ***
Wm. M. d. 7-21-1933
42: Jane K. m. 3-22-1863
Lura B. Hall, b. 11-28-1857; d. 8-8-1914; m. Harvey Malott --
Who was b. 5-20-1850; d. 8-30-1920; both buried old Union
44: Cornelius Kern d. 2-27-1896
Isaac, b. 7-27-1834; d. July 7, 1928
*Rebecca, b. 3-14-1835; d. 11-16-59
*Abbie, d. 5- 8-1856.
(*Both buried at Old Union)
Pryor d. 5-?-99; buried at Green Hill Cemetery, Bedford
Add to this record: Melvina Kern Clark, d. 10-29-1916
45: Giles Williams, b. 2-9-1849; m. Jan. 4, 1887
Rufus, d. 10-11-1926; burial at St.Petersburg, Fla.
47: Bartimus,L. m. Emily Hammersley, 9-11-1862
m. Rachel MacDonald 1875 (not 1873)
Bartimus L. and Pearl Baker have issue.
49: Dr. Elkanah Wil1iams: Interred at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cin. 0hio
66: Lewis R. Wil1iams d. 9-12-1898 * * *
Emilia, d. 7-14-1921 P. 71: only one of Uncle Bart's
Clarinda, d. 10-11-1924 children left no issue.
Bartimus L. m. Pearl Baker
01evia J. Williams m. James. in 1883 and have a daughter Ruth
Leonard (not Howard) who m. State Senator George Dye
Susan d. 7- 2-1934 --with son Bart and grandchild.
Miscena R. d. 5-29-1929 --Beulah.
69: Cornelius Kern d. 2-27-1896
Isaac, b.7-27-1834; d.7-7-1228
m. 1861, Hanna Parr – b 1-19-1834; d. 3-5-1901
Pryor, d. 5 - ?-189
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ISAAC WILLIAMS Table of Contents
Dedication p. iii
Table of Contents p. vi
Illustrations p. viii
Appreciation p. ix
Greeting p. x
Page numbers in (parenthesis) are origional document page numbers found in upper
right of page; “p - # “ are consecutive center bottom page numbers in this document.
PART I: QUAKER BEGINNING = = = = = = = = (vii) p. 0
"Richard the First" (1) p. 1
Ancestral History (2) p. 2
Gwynedd; and the Welsh Settlers (3) p. 3
Illus: 6a and 6b: The Gwynedd Quaker Meeting p. 9,10
William Williams, Sr (7) p. 11
The Will of William Williams (8) p. 12
A Quaker Preacher Leads the Way (9) p. 14
Journal of the Quaker Preacher (10) p. 15
The Lost Creek Testimonial (11) p. 16
Isaac Wil1iams, Sr. (12) p. 17
PART II: CAPTAIN ISAAC = = = = = = = = = = (13) p. 18
Captain Isaac Wi1liams, Jr (14) p. 19
French Broad Country (15) p. 20
White River Country (16) P. 21
Illus: (16a): Deed to a Bedford Town Lot P. 22
(16b): Bounty Land Certificate P. 23
Memorial to Congress (17) P. 24
Kern Cousins (18) P. 25
Captain Isaac: Fighting Quaker (19) P. 26
Captain Isaac and the War of 1812 (20) P. 27
Illus: (24a): Heroes of the Creek War P. 31
(24b): Capt. Isaac and the War P. 32
The Old Journal (25 P. 34
Ration Return (26) P. 35
Equipment Return (27) P. 36
Stacking Arms in Sevier County (28) P. 37
Company Roll (29) p. 38
Public Office and Public Trust (30) p. 39
Official Records (31) p. 40
Military Department of Tennessee (32) p. 41
Captain Isaac Williams (33) p. 42
Company of Mounted Riflemen (34) p. 43
Company of Drafted Militia (35) p. 44
Company of Mounted Gunmen (36) p. 45
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ISAAC WILLIAMS Table of Contents
PART III: CAPTAIN ISSAC'S GRAND CHILDREN = = = (37) p. 48
These Left No Issue (38) p. 49
2. Garrett Gibson Williams (39) p. 50
Illus: (39a): Capt. Isaac's Grand Children p. 51
(39b): Uncle Bart's Family p. 52
3. Richard Williams (40) p. 53
4. Louisa M. Williams=Rubottom (41) p. 54
5. Pryor L. Williams (42) P. 55
Illus: (42a): Pryor Williams Family P. 56
(42b): Pryor Williams Grandchildren P. 57
American Ancestry of Pryor Williams: Data Sheet (43) P. 58
6. Mahala Williams=Kern (44) P. 59
8. James Dixon Williams (45) P. 60
11. Elkanah Williams (46) P. 62
12. Bartimus Williams (47) P. 63
PART IV: DR. ELKANAH WILLIAMS = = = = = = = (48) P. 64
Dr. Elkanah Williams: His Life and Works (49) p. 65
His Obituary (50) p. 65
His Biography (51) p. 66
Illus: Your Memorial to Dr. Williams = = = (54a) p. 70
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A Cabinet of Private Correspondence (Nine letters) (54) p. 71
PART V: THE GRANDCHILD = = = = = = = = = = = (65) p. 82
Uncle Garrett's Families (66) p. 83
Uncle Richard's Sprouts (67) p. 84
Grandfather Pryor's Children (68) p. 85
Aunt Haley's Folks and kinfolks (69) p. 86
Uncle Dick's Siblings (70) p. 87
Uncle Bart's People (71) p. 88
BIBLIOGRAPHY + + + + + + + + + + + + DISTRIBUTION
YOUR FAMILY HISTORIANS======YOUR FAMILY RECORD
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T H E I L L U S T R A T I 0 N S
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6a & B The History of Gwynedd Meeting was lithographed
from a typescript furnished in photostat by the
Friends Historical Society, Swarthmore, Penna.
16a Deed to a Lot in Bedford. (Alice Dixon document)
16b Bounty Land. Certificate. From National Archives,
(Courtesy of Jason: Adamson)
24a Heroes of the Creek War. From. House of Ancaducros
Archives. Isaac Williams photo loaned by Harry
24b Captain Isaac and the Creek War
Maps from archives, House of Ancaducros
39a ) O1d Family Photos ----
39 ) Capt. Isaac's Grand Children.
) == Uncle Bart's Family
42a ) Pryor Williams Family
42b ) Pryor W:illiams Grandchildren
From family collections in.Indiana, Kansas and
California -- Alice Dixon, Nellie Emerson, Roxie
Hatfield, Cornelia Jones, Zipporah Smith,
Beulah Thompson, Harry Williams, et al
Also: 2nd Edition, 1967
Between Pages 8 and 9:
Plate 4 from "Lost Creek Memories" --
"Preacher Williams of Lost Creek"
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A P P R E C I A T I O N
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A work of this nature cannot be put together hastily or easily. It
requires cooperation from a host of folk and the consecrated help of many. The
records here set forth have come from many sections of the country, contributed
by numerous Adamson, Kern, Sears and Williams cousins, and others.
Some of those we must thank individually are: Aunt Nelia Jones, Leone
Maegerlein, Harry and Nettle Williams of Williams, Ind.; Roxie Hatfield of
Bedford; and Mrs. Alice Ingalls and the ladies of John Wallace Chapter, DAR;
also Wm. B. Lindley of LaJolla, Calif.; and the Librarian of Swarthmore College
for the history of Gwynedd.
Col. A. F. Carden, Tennessee National Guard, Chief of War Records in the
Adjutant General's Office at Nashville, contributed the research which
resulted in the historical sketch and rosters for the Creek Indian War.
Jason Adamson of Turlock, Calif., who combines strains of the Adamson,
Kern, Sears and Williams lines all in one bundle, has conducted a widespread
research in family lines for several years, and lent himself whole-heartedly to
The McCorkindales of Ontario, Calif. -- Miss Ethel, John, and Mrs. Maude
Bercich -- have given much information on the old Quaker Preacher, William
Williams, their great-great-grandfather. And they have graciously loaned us
their precious copy of his Journal, published in 1828 in Cincinnati, for
Leading co-compiler of these records has been Mrs. Hale Thompson (Beulah
Adamson) of Williams. Besides carrying on her share of the work on a busy
farm, she has braved snow, sleet, floods, tornadoes, and the aches of arthritis
to vitalize our book. Family Bibles, journals, ancient letters, wayside
cemeteries, public records, newspaper files, libraries -- all these have been
made to pay tribute to her enthusiastic search.
In his zeal to see the family history documented, Lisker Adamson her late
father, must have inspired her in this work. She carries the torch for him.
She is a graduate of Williams High and a member of the Alumni Association. She
carried a winter course in home economics at Purdue. She belongs to the John
Wallace Chapter, DAR, the Williams Home Demonstration Club of Lawrence County,
and the Williams Church of Christ. Her husband, Hale Thompson, is a great-
great-grandson of Captain Isaac. Beulah is a great-great-granddaughter of both
Isaac Williams and Rachel Williams-Adamson.
The Cousinry owes her a tremendous vote of thanks for her interest and her
consecrated endeavor. The Family Historians can do no less than to lead the
cheering -- not only for her, but for all the others who have worked with her
and with us in creating this book.
--BEN and ALICE DIXON
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This book had its inception in 1925, before "Uncle Ben Dixon" was even an
in-law member of the family. In that year occurred the event which started the
ball rolling. Frank Williams of Cedar Point, Kansas and Zetty Reynolds of
Williams, In., made a record of all of the descendants -- that is, all they
knew about-- of Isaac Williams and Abram Kern-- to the seventh generation.
It is a manuscript catalogue of names only, with few dates, in- cidents or
anecdotes. But it is the basis of this and other items of the Benjamin
Franklin series covering Lawrence County pioneers. Two originals were made.
One of them is still in Indiana. The other we presume, belongs to the family
It was the copy which Frank Williams had which we borrowed in 1932, while
enroute from Great Lakes, Ill. to San Diego, to make a typescript copy. Carbon
copies were presented to the Library of Congress and the Institute of American
Genealogy. Our copy (much worn and scribbled over with three decades of use)
shows some sort of record of 296 families tracing their origin to Isaac
Williams, his sister Rachel Adamson, and Elder Abram Kern.
At the Williams Reunion in Kansas, June 1962, Ben and Alice Dixon were
requested to present a Williams History to the 1963 reunion. It will be held
on Sunday, June 9th, at James K. P. Williams's old Marion County homestead near
Florence. This project we have endeavored to execute in such a way that it
will supply the needs of the entire family instead of just the Kansas branch.
In the time available it would be impossible to revamp the 1925 Williams-
Kern catalogue in anything like a comprehensive presentation. It would be too
costly either for us to undertake or the Association to under write. We
decided on a practical approach: We therefore give you the history of
Grandfather Isaac and his immediate family. By extending this study from his
"Grand Children" to his Grandchild- ren (two of whom still survive in Lawrence
County) we bring the Williams history within the reach of any branch that may
desire to carry it further.
As this work continues, we hope it will inspire research in other
branches. Besides the Adamson Reunion in Indiana and the Williams Reunion in
Kansas, we are informed that the Embrees fore- gather every year at
Bryantsville, md. And we are hopeful that renewed interest in the Bryant-
Embree-Culbertson family history will bring about a reunion of descendants of
David Culbertson and Sarah Bright.
We have learned of numerous Williams descendants in California. An old
mountain man named Isaac Williams was here in 1832, and be- came a leading
citizen. Another Isaac, son of Pryor and grandson of Capt. Isaac, came in the
Gold Rush. Descendants of the Quaker preacher and his sister Priscilla are not
too distant "neighbor." We would feel rewarded indeed if the interest generated
by this book should stir up family zeal to organize a Williams Association in
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (1)
1. "RICHARD THE FIRST"
Gwynedd (North Wales), Philadelphia Co., Penna.
1717: 6 mo. 25 day. Richard Williams and Margaret Eaton, a widow,
published their second declaration of intention to wed. Their marriage was
reported properly conducted, 7th mo. 24th day.
It has been claimed that they were married 7th day of 10th mo.; that
Margaret was the daughter of Humphrey Eaton; that Richard was an immigrant of
1705. If Margaret was a widow, her maiden name would not have been Eaton.
Humphrey may have been the late husband, or even his father. If the above
minutes are correct, the marriage might have taken place the 10th day of the
7th month, or July 10, 1719.
QUERY: Who were Richard's parents? brothers? sisters? children? Were
Richard and Margaret immigrants? A partial answer is found in Cane Creek
Quaker records: "William Williams, born 1719 in Philadelphia county, was the
son of Richard Williams."
"WE HAVE LOOKED IN EVERY STAR"
"and we cannot find him"
Thus raved the dope addict in the Shanghai den in the old play. After a
long and fruitless search for the family identity of Richard Williams we feel
"hopped up" too. Thus far we have researched every clue in vain. We have even
checked old Baptist Roger of the Providence Plantations to see if by chance one
of his 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation children might have sired our Richard.
Without discovering a positive ancestor for Richard the First, Here is a
string of negatives from his neighborhood in time and space:
1690: George Williams. From Wales to Philadelphia, and soon thereafter
to Prince George Co., Md. His son Richard married Prudence Beals
and was a pillar at New Garden, NC.
1698: Lumly Williams. Casme to Philadelphia with a certificate from
Radnorshire in Wales.
1700: Robert Williams. "King of Goshen". Friends met for worship at his
house until the Goshen Meeting-House was completed in 1702.
1706: James Williams. Will, Philadelphia county. He came from
Merionithshire, Wales. Married Anne Lewis, 1699, who remarried with
Rowland Roberts and died at Gwynedd, 1749. She named "my children":
William Williams, Daniel, James, Mary and Hannah.
1707: Jeremiah Williams. Arrived at Philadelphia with a certificate from
Rhode Island Friends.
1717: Elder William Williams of the Welsh Tract. Helped to set up the
Newcastle Presbytery, March 13, 1717.
1725: John Williams. Perquimans, North Carolina. Married the widow Sarah
Sutton at the house of Thomas Pierce.
1729: William Williams, Gwynedd. Permission given to marry Hannah Carver.
1734: Thomas Williams. St. Austell, Cornwall. Died at Philadelphia,
leaving sons Thomas, Joseph and Samuel.
1764: Joshua Williams. Presbyterian from Wales. Had two sons, born in Penna.,
old enough to be soldiers of the Revolution.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (1-A)
"JOHN WILLIAMS of BLOCKLEY"
Whi1e working with Miss Ethel McCorkindale of Ontario, Calif., on her
family history for "John and Mary Williams" she gave us a batch of notes she
had culled from research in Guinedd Quakerdom. She gave as her authorities for
these data, the following:
"Early Families of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania"
"Jenkins Historical Collection relating to Gwynedd" and
"Philadelphia Wills, vol. II, p. 443"
We have not consulted any of the above, but submit Cousin Ethel's findings
as leads for others who may wish to carry on this search for records of
JOHN WILLIAMS "of Blockley"
m. Catherine Morgan, 11-13-1707
Among the witnesses were:
John Williams is shown to be related to William ap Edward, the father of
the above Ellin and Sarah
JOHN WILLIAMS married --
(1) ll-l3-l7O7, Catherine, dau. of Owen Morgan
with issue: 1711, Elizabeth
(2) 1714, Catherine Edwards
with issue: 1715, Owen
John Williams of Guinedd made his will 7-9-1726; it was probated 11-7-
1726. It names his wife Catherine and his brother Richard.
m. July 10, 1717, the widow Margaret Eaton
Among the witnesses were:
First, Jno Williams, followed by several Morgans; then
Later: Jno Wms
______ Williams (given name illegible)
CONCLUSION: The foregoing notes, threadbare as they appear, demonstrate as
conclusively as may be that John Williams of Blockey was an older brother of
our Richard Williams of Guinedd.
[1999 Edition note: from Justin in 1999 support the thesis that Robert Williams & Gwen
Cadwallader are the parents of John and Richard. Justin’s notes are appended to the
end of this document.]
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ISAAC WIILLIAMS (1½)
M A R R I A G E R E C O R D O F
RICHARD WILLIAMS and MARGARET EATON
Gwynedd, Philadelphia County, Penns. July 10, 1717
We submit the following document as a sort of "postscript" to page (1) of
"Captain Isaac Wi11iams." The original record was recently found in the
ancient and faded marriage record book of the Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. We are
indebted to Mrs. Marjory P. Jones, Wallingford, Penna., for a photo-copy of
" W H E R E A S Richard Williams of Gwyneds in ye County "of Phila & Province
of Pensilvania Bachelor and Margaret "Eaton of ye Township County & Province
affors. Widow Haveing "Declared Their Intention of Marriage to Each Other
before "ye Present Monthly Meeting of ye People Called Quakers held at "Gwyned
According to ye Good Order Used among Them Whose Proceedings "Therein after ye
Deliberate Consideration Thereof and haveing "Consent of Parties and Relations
Concerned now by ye Said meeting "Left to their Liberty to Accomplish Their
Said Intentions This "Tenth Day of the Seventh Month In ye Year of our Lord
"One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventeen They The "Said Richd William and
Margaret Eaton Appeared in "A Publick meeting of the Said People at Gwynedd
Affors- "And Ye Said Rich Wil1iams Takeing the Said Margaret "Eatton by the
Hand and in A Solemn Manner Openly "Declare yt He Took her to be his Wife
promising Through "God's Acceptance To be Unto her a Faithfull and Loveing
Husband "Till Death Should Seperate Them And then and There in ye "Said
Assembly the Sd Margarett Eatton did Likewise Declare "She Took ye Said Richd
Williams to be her husband in Like "Manner Promising to be Unto him a Faithfull
and Loveing "Wife Till Death Should Seperate Them And Moreover ye "Said Richd
Williams and Margarett She According to ye "Custom of Marriage Assuming ye
Name of Her Husband "As a Farther Confirmation Thereof Did Then & There to
"These Presents Set Their Hands and We Whose Hands are "hereunder Written
Among Others Present at ye "Solemnization of ye Said Marriage & Subscription in
"manner attestd As Witnesseth Thereunto have allso to These "now Set Our Hands
ye Day and Year Above Written
" RICHD W WILLIAMS Jno Pugh (illeg) Williams
mark Robt Evan Eliz Williams
" her Thos Evan Cath Williams
" MAGARET M WILLIAMS Owen Evan Ellin Robert
" mark Ewd Evan Jane Nailor
" Jno Humphrey Mary Loyd
" Jno Williams Edwd Woe Jane Evan
" Edwd Morgan Jno Wms Gwinett Humphrey
" Wm Morgan Edwd Robert
" Jno Morgan Evan Pugh
" Dann Morgan Thos Foulke
" Morgan Morgan Thos Lvan
" Jno Robert Hugh Jones
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (2)
Cousin Ethel McCorkindale of Ontario, Calif., a descendant of William Williams, the
old Quaker Preacher -- youthful uncle of our Captain Isaac -- has contributed a brief
introduction to the family's historical background.
Once when visiting an ancient cobwebby castle in Ireland, she came upon a quaintly
familiar old portrait. "How in the world could this medieval battlement have a
portrait of my Uncle John Williams"? she thought. On inquiring about it she was
informed that she had been gazing on the likeness of Sir Oliver Cromwell, Protector of
the Commonwealth. Then she learned that Sir Oliver was really a Williams!
The name Williams is derived from the Welch word "Gwylyn" meaning "sentinel". It
has been used since the year AD 1086-- 20 years after the Conquest. As a family name
it signifies "William's Son" and as a surname it dates back nearly five centuries. Not
many variations are found anciently, the most common being Wilyams and Williamson.
Several genealogies exist for the early Welsh family of Williams. But all
authorities agree that the surname was not in use in Wales previous to the time of
Henry VIII (1509-1547). Welshmen did not use family names prior to that time, but
referred to families as those of John, Owen, Morgan, Richard or William. Henry VIII
himself is said to have urged the Welsh people to conform to the common practice of
Burke's Peerage and Baronetage states that the Williams family is descended
lineally from Marchundel of Gynn, the Lord of Aberglen of Denbigh, Denbighshire, who
lived in the same time as Roderick Maur, the king of the Britons about AD 647. The
pedigree of Marchudel is deduced from Brutus, King of the Ancient Britons.
Morgan Williams, of Glamorganshire, Wales, was the first ancestor to assume the
surname Williams. He was the son of William (hence, William's son, or Williams), the
son of Evan, the son of Thomas, a descendant of Brutus, BC 1199, To Morgan, a royal
bailiff of King Henry VII (1485-1509), who married Catherine Cromwell, all present day
members of the family owe their surname.
The family was represented in the early 16th Century by Sir Richard Williams (son
of Morgan Williams and Catherine Cromwell), who was requested to take the name of
Cromwell by Henry VIII. Sir Richard was a Member of Parliament in 1542. The name
Richard thus is traditional from the very beginning of the family.
Oliver Cromwell, whose real name was Oliver Williams, was the son of Robert of
Lancaster, the son of Sir Henry, the son of Sir Richard, the son of Morgan Williams.
He assumed the name of Cromwell to please a parental uncle. Down through the reign of
James I, the family styled themselves "Cromwell, alias Williams".
Williams Heraldry: The College of Heralds has made a field day of heraldic art
for the various branches of this family. A number of interesting and striking coats of
arms have been found. The following unique specimen is described in Burke’s
Encyclopedia of Heraldry, but whether is belongs to Richard of Gwyned, we cannot say.
Arms: Sable, three horses' heads, erased, argent
Crest: A buck, statant, argent, collared, gold
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The Friends Meeting at Gwynedd, Penna., was the church home not only for
the ancestors of Captain Isaac Williams, but also for the (supposed) ancestors
of the husband of his older sister, Rachel Williams-Adamson. To this meeting
in 1726 came John Adamson and his wife Anne. Their first son Thomas, born Dec.
23, 1717, was but two years senior to Capt. Isaac's grandfather, William
Both families -- Williams and Adamson-- migrated down the Valley of
Virginia to North Carolina enroute to Tennessee. From East Tennessee they
removed in 1817 to southern Indiana. For the Williams family the Quaker
records of North Carolina bear ample witness to this hegira. But for the
Adamsons there is a long break in continuity
Simon was the youngest of the seven children of John and Anne Adamson.
He was born in 1733, and his mother passed to immortality in bringing him into
this world. On July 25th of that year, Swamp Friends contributed forty
shillings toward the relief of Father John and his family. This is the last we
hear of Simon Adamson for three quarters of a century -- a serious break in
In 1810 Simon Adamson, Sr., was received "at his own request" at the Lost
Creek Meeting in Jefferson County, Tenn. Simon, Jr., was already a member
there. If Simon, Sr., of Lost Creek, is identical with Simon, the Infant of
1733, then our thesis must be complete: namely, that he is the father of
Thomas Adamson, Rachel's "long lost” husband. He would then be the sire of the
four other Quaker Adamsons of the North Carolina-Tennessee frontier -- John,
Joseph, Jesse and Enos -- whom we believe to be brothers of "Old Tom".
This, of course, is a thesis only. It still remains to be proven. Many
known facts support it. But if true, it will shatter some of Our age-old
Adamson tradition -- but some of our old problems in family history will be
smoothly solved. Much tradition has been evolved around the Welsh beginnings
of the Adamson and Williams families. This seems to be a good place to look at
some of the facts.
The Charter to William Penn's proprietary province of Pennsylvania was
granted by Charles II on March 4, 1681. Penn wanted to name the province "New
Wales". But the King over-ruled him. King Charles wished to to honor the
grantee’s father, Admiral Sir Thomas Penn, who had served him well.
In a letter to his friend Robert Turner, dated May 1, 1681, William Penn
related, with some little personal feelings of embarrassment, the details of
"This day my country was confirmed to me under the Great Seal of England,
with large powers and privileges, by the name of Pennsylvania; a name the King
would give in honor of my father.
"I chose 'New Wales', being, as this, a pretty hilly country. But Penn,
being We1sh for a head -- as Penmaumoire in Wales, and Penrith in Cumberland,
and Penn in Buckinghamshire, the highest land in England -- they called this
Pennsylvania, which is, the high, or head woodland.
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"For I proposed, when the Secretary, a Welshman, refused to have it called
New Wales, Sylvania, and they added Penn to it; and though I much opposed it,
an went to the King to have it struck out and altered, he said it was passed,
and would take it upon him; nor could twenty guineas move the under-secretary
to vary the same---
Penn convened a Council in 1682 to set up the government. Three original
counties were set up -- Bucks, Chester and Philadelphia. Subsequently, in
1784, Montgomery county was taken off of Philadelphia; and in 1789, Delaware
was taken from Chester.
Although Penn was thwarted in his desire to call his Province "New Wales",
he was not disappointed in the Welsh immigration. Several Welsh came with him
in his own ship, the Welcome. Thereafter, they came in shiploads. Penn
granted them a vast strip of land called the "Welsh Tract", lying in Chester,
Delaware and Montgomery counties. In the former the townships of Easttown,
Goshen, Nantmeal, Uwchland, Whiteland and Willistown were all settled by We1sh;
in Delaware, Haverford, Newtown and Radnor; in Montgomery, Merion and Gwynedd.
Dr. William H. Egle, for many years the State Archivist, brought
together in his "Centennial History of Pennsylvania" many interesting details
of Welsh impetus in the settlement of the Welsh Tract and adjacent communities.
Robert Townsend, an early settler of Germantown bore witness:
"In the year 1682 I found a concern on my mind to embark with my wife and
child, and went aboard the ship Welcome, Robert Greenaway, Commander, in
company with my worthy friend William Penn, whose good conversation was
advantagious to all the company--- The country continually increasing, people
began to spread themselves further back--- A place called North Wales was
settled by many of the ancient Britons, an honestly-inclined people, although
they had not then made a profession of the truth as held by us; yet in a little
time a large convincement was among them, and divers meeting-houses were built.
Among the adventurers and settlers who arrived about this time, says Dr.
Egle, were many from Wales, of those who are called "ancient Britons", mostly
Quakers--- of the original stock of that Society here. They had early
purchased of the Proprietary, in England, 40,000 acres of land--- extending
across the lower end of Montgomery into Chester and Delaware counties.
They took up enough of it on the west side of Schuylkill to make three
townships, Merion, Haverford and Radnor. In a few years their number was so
much augmented as to settle three other townships of Newtown, Goshen and
Uwchland. After this they continued still increasing and became a numerous and
These early We1sh settlers were persons of excellent and worthy character,
and several were of a very good education, prominent family and prosperous
estate -- chiefly Quakers. Many of them were either eminent preachers of the
society, or otherwise qualified and disposed to do good. Some, however, were
devout members of the Church of England. Episcopalians of Gwynedd met at the
home of Robert Evans, where Cadwallader Evans read the Bible to them.
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PROMINENT WELSH SETTLERS
"Rowland Ellis was a man of note among the We1sh settlers, from a place
called Bryn-Mawr, near Dolgelly, in the county of Marioneth. In 1683 he sent
Thomas Owen and his family over to make a settlement. This was the custom of
the welsh at first -- to send persons over to take up the land for them, and to
prepare it against their coming. Rowland Ellis first came over in 1686,
bringing with him his eldest son, Rowland, then a boy. About 100 Welsh
passengers came at the same time. They had a long passage -- suffered much for
want of provisions -- touched at Barbadoes, etc.
Rowland Ellis, after remaining about nine months here, returned to Wales,
leaving his son with his uncle John Humphrey. He returned
to Pennsylvania in 1697, with his family, and about 100 other passengers, all
from North Wales. He was then in his 45th year. He was a preacher among the
Quakers, and an acceptable man in every station. He lived long to do good, and
died in his 80th year, at his son-in-law's, John Evans' house, North Wales, now
"Hugh Roberts was an eminent Quaker preacher; he removed from Wales to
Pennsylvania about the year 1683, where he lived near eighteen years, to an
advanced age. He had suffered much for his religion in his native country
prior to his removal. On his return from a religious visit to Wa1es, in the
service of preaching the gospel, in the year 1698, a number of the inhabitants
of North Wales removed to Pennsylvania in company with him, where he arrived on
the 7th of the 5th month
"Ellis Pugh, one of the early Welsh settlers who arrived in the Province
in the year 1687, lived much of his time and died here, 1718. He was convinced
of the Quakers' principles in Wales in the year 1674. He became a minister
among them in 1680, in which capacity he continued until his death.
"In the latter end of 1698, William Jones, Thomas Evans, Robert Evans,
Owen Evans, Cadwallader Evans, Hugh Griffith, John Hughes, Edward Foulke, John
Humphrey, Robert Jones, and others, having purchased of Robert Turner 10,000
acres of land, began in the following year to improve and settle the same.
They settled in Gwynedd township -- in English, North Wales. Of these original
settlers, John Hughes and John Humphrey were Quakers. The others in general
did not at first profess. But as the neighborhood increased, they,with many
others joined in religious society with them.
THE FIRST CHUCHES
In the history of Montgomery County, the Centennial History recounts the
establishment of the first churches:
"In 1683 a first-day meeting was established to be held at Takoney or
Oxford. Another was also established at Poetquessing. And afterwards in the
same year a monthly meeting was set up, to consist of these two meetings and
that at Abbington, to be held by turns among them.
"The 24th of the 7th month, 1716, the meeting at Horsham was settled, at
first only in the winter season; but Friends increasing. After some time a
meeting house was built, and it was fixed there constantly -- and so continued.
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"One of the venerable meeting houses, founded by the early Friends from Wales, is
that in Lower Merion township, about two miles west of Manayunk. It was erected, as
appears by a date on a tablet, in 1695, and is the oldest place of worship in the
"Among the early settlers of Merion were the Roberts family; Edward Jones, a man
given to hospitality, and generally beloved by his acquaintances, who died in February
1737 at the advanced age of eighty-two; and Benjamin Humphrey, who came over in 1683,
and died in November 1737, aged seventy-six. He was also remarked for his hospitality
and was a useful member among the Quakers.
G w y n e d d
"A meeting house was built at North Wa1es (Gwynedd) in the year 1700, which was
but two years after the arrival of the Welsh Friends at that place. Meetings were kept
therein by the consent of the Haverford monthly meeting, unto which they had first
joined themselves. Finding truth to prevail, and their numbers to increase, they found
it necessary to build another meeting house in 1712; and on the 19th of the ninth month
that year, the first meeting for worship was held therein.
"Their number still increasing, as well among themselves as by the union of many
adjacent settlers, Friends belonging to North Wales or Gwynedd and Plymouth meetings,
settled a monthly meeting for business among themselves, by the consent of the
Haverford meeting aforesaid and the quarterly meeting of Philadelphia.
"The said monthly meeting was first held on the 2nd day of the twelfth month,
1714 or 1715, at Gwynedd meeting house and called the Gwynedd monthly meeting.
Plymouth meeting house was built a considerable time before this, and a meeting for
worship held there. The said meeting was in being the 4th of the first month, 1688-89,
but how long before is not certain."
A sketch of the 1695 Merion Meeting House is shown by Egle at page 954, volume
II, Centennial History of Pennsylvania. Dr. Egle also explains that the reason why the
Village of Gwynedd has disappeared from the map is a question of terminology. The
village was platted in 1867. And on August 20, 1869, it was incorporated as a full-
fledged borough, under the name of "North Wales".
"Ye Olde Stampynge Groundes"
1. Gwynedd, alias North Wales
2. Swarthmore College and the
==-Friends Historical Society
3. Westchester, County Seat
4. Norristown, do
5 Doylestown, do
6. Trenton, New Jersey
(7) Delaware County
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HISTORY OF THE GWYNEDD MEETING OF THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS
Orthodox Meeting House built about 1830. Redifer, Rutter, Scarlett , Stockdale, Thomas, Walton and Zorns.
Location in neighborhood of north Wales in Formerly the graveyard was separated from the Meeting House Yard by a
wooden fence (so old photographs of the House show) extending from
Montgomery County, Pa. the corner or the meetinghouse to the road, but this has been removed
and the two yards are now continuous. On the southern and western
********** bounds of the cemetery is a privet hedge, while on the north side an
open fence of metal piping separates the graveyard from the ground in
Gwynedd is a Preparative and Monthly Meeting belonging to front of the wagon-sheds. A graveled pathway intersects the
Abington Quarter of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Hicksite friends, graveyard northward from a corner of the Meeting House, but it is
and is a meeting of ancient standing, having been established in evidently an addition of later years, for it passes directly over the
1700. The Radnor records inform us that in 1699 "There is a General grave of "Gainor Jones died 1847 aged 91 years." This grave is under
Meeting appointed at Gwynedd, the second weekly third day of every the spreading branches of a tree.
month at the desire of Friends there." And again in 1703, "Gwynedd
Friends desire their Preparative Meeting removed from their General The two doors at the rear of the House, opening to the
Meeting to the last weekly third day in the monthly which was graveyard, formerly had steps to the ground, but now, unused, have
approved." had the steps removed. At the northeast corner of the Meeting House
is the building in which Gwynedd Friends' School was conducted until
The monthly Meeting was established in 1714. Quoting from the 1928 when it was discontinued and the building then became en annex
same authority:- "At the Monthly Meeting held at Radnor meeting- in which lunches are prepared for Quarterly Meeting gatherings end
house, the ninth day of the tenth month, 1714, it is left for further other special purposes.
consideration what time to appoint the Monthly Meeting of Gwynedd and
Plymouth; which was left to the appointment of this meeting by the An attractive porte-cochere built at the southeast corner of
quarterly meeting. Gwynedd and Plymouth Friends, after consideration the House is the one feature which adds a modern aspect to Gwynedd
what day is suitable for their monthly Meeting, propose the last Meeting House, deducting from the antique appearance of the place
third day in every month; which this meeting acquiesces with. " which the climbing summer ivy about the doorways endeavors to
Regarding the Meeting House at Gwynedd, Samuel Smith has
stated, "A meeting-house was built in the year 1700, and a larger one Much has been written about Gwynedd Township and the Meeting
in 1712; and the meeting held therein on the 19th of the 7th month of House. The following notes are quoted from ~Theadore W. Bean's
that year. "History of Montgomery County, Pa.," published in 1884:
The date on the front wall or the present Meeting House is "Friends' Meeting House, owing to its antiquity and long-
1823. The building is a fine structure, rough-casted, large, and extended influence, is deemed well worthy a separate article. From
kept in excellent repair. It stands on high ground at the its being almost in the exact centre of the township, or original
intersection or the De Kalb Street Pike and Sumneytown Pike, midway purchase it was the third house of worship erected in the county,
between Ambler and North Wales, in Montgomery County Pa., the name of being preceded a few years only by those erected in Lower Merion end
North Wales having, in early times, been given to the meeting. The Abington. Nearly two centuries have now passed away since these
grounds surrounding it are beautified by fine old shade trees, many occurrences, producing great changes in almost everything, and from
or them being grand old Oaks or the primeval forest, which have seen which even their ancient meetings have not been by any means kept.
more years than the Meeting House itself. A. horse-block of early Hallowed and venerable associations cluster around them, the impress
days is carefully kept in good condition and stands some distance to of which should by no means be entirely lost on their numerous and
the southeast or the House. From it the graveyard to the west and respected descendents. Posterity owes much to the past, and as long
rear of the meeting House is seen in all its quietness and beauty. In as gratitude exists it will remain a serious question as to the best
the Burial Ground are a few quaint un-marked field-stones, and others or most proper method to meet such obligations. The labors of the
having initials and dates, one of the oldest being in the Moore row. historian are certainly not calculated to weaken such ties, but to
It is marked "M. M.1770." There is another, much older, placed to ennoble or exalt them.
the memory or Mary Bate who died in 1714: the stone is a slab lying
flat on the grave, but the passage of time has caused the inscription "The minute-book of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting commences in 1714,
to be almost or quite illegible. but it is stated therein that this place wea settled and called by
the name of Gwynedd township in the letter end of the year 1698 and
Among the family names noticed most frequently on the stones the beginning or the year 1699. The principal settlers end
in the Gwynedd Burial Ground are Lukens, Foulke, Shoemaker, Cleaver, purchasers, among others, were William Jones, Thomas Evans, Robert
Rob- Roberts and Ambler, while others to be seen are Cooper, Conard, Evans, Owen Evans, Cadwallader Evens, Hugh Griffith, John Hugh,
Evans, Fulton, Jenkin, Jones, Moore, Michener, Mather, Myers, Pim, Edward Foulke, John Humphrey and Robert Jones. Of this number those
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who were Friends met together at the house or John Hugh and John and John Evans being appointed a committee to have charge or the
Humphrey. With the exception of the latter two and moat probably Same….
Hugh Griffith, the remainder were attached to the Established Church
of England. An identity of interests. in this new settlement was “Gwynedd Monthly Meeting remained in Philadelphia Quarter
calculated to draw them close together. It is evident that the until 1786, when it comprised, with Abington, Horsham, Richland an
meetings held in the aforesaid houses led to the organization of this Byberry, Abington Quarter, whose Meeting are now held at Abington in
congregation. The churchmen for a brief term did assemble for worship Second Month, Horsham in the Fifth, Gwynedd in the eighth and Byberry
at the house of Robert Evans where his brother Cadwallader supplied in the Eleventh.
in part the place of a minister, by reading to them portions of the
services and passages from his Welch Bible. This may not have been "The present Meeting-house was built in 1823. It is a plain,
maintained much beyond a year, for on building the first log meeting- substantial, two-story structure, forty by seventy-five feet in
house in 1700, on the sits or the present edifice, they all united, dimensions. When first built here, in 1700, the spot must have been
assisted by later immigrants, who must have also increased the body very secluded. In the ample yard and burial ground attached several
of friends. The relation is that Robert and Cadwallader Evans first
sought them by attending at their place of worship, and finally
through their influence the rest were brought over, on which the original forest trees are still preserved, one of these, a chestnut,
meeting-house was agreed upon. It is less well-settled tradition that nearly four feet in diameter. Near the southern corner or the yard is
William Penn end his daughter Letitia and a servant came out on horse a stone bearing the name of Mary Bate, daughter or Humphrey and Ann
back to visit the settlement shortly after its erection and that he Bate, who died in 1714."
preached in it, staying on this occasion overnight at the house of
his friend, Thomas Evans, the first settler, who resided near by …... NOTE.- The huge chestnut tree mentioned in
the foregoing, is no longer in existence in
“The log meeting-house proving inadequate for the 1929. Further, the name of Humphrey Bate's
accommodations of the society, which was no doubt in part brought daughter was Martha, not Mary. Her tombstone
about by the influx of immigration and the continuous prosperity of is indicated as the oldest in the Burial
the settlement, a subscription paper was drawn up in the Welsh ground, and the following 1s the entire
language, in 1710-11, to "which were signed sixty-six names headed by 1nscription:-
William, John and Thomas Evans. The sums ranged from one to eleven Hear lieth the body or Martha the daughter or
pounds each, the total reaching to about two hundred pounds. Hugh Humphrey Bate and Anne his wife departed of
Griffith assisted in its building, and it was completed in 1712. It this life April 25 aged 3 y 6 m 1714.
was considerably larger then the former, and was built of stone, with
two galleries and a hip-roof. It occupied the former site, and the The Separation or 1827 affected Gwynedd Friends' Meeting and a
ground was a portion of Robert Evans’ purchase, still covered with small minority withdrew and e8tabl18hed the Gwynedd Orthodox Branch.
the original forest. The subscription paper mentioned is an About 1830 they built a Meeting House some little distance from the
interesting relic and has long been preserved and retained in the old Meeting House, and established a Burial Ground beside it on the
Foulke family. road from Spring House to Penllyn. It was stated in "The Friend", 9th
Mo. 4, 1830, in an article detailing the various meet1ngs of Orthodox
Friends at that time:- "In Abington Quarter new houses have been
"Rowland Ellis, on behalf of Haverford, represented, on the erected at Gwynedd, Horsham and Byberry."
l0th of Fourth Month, 1699, to the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting,
about this Welsh settlement twenty miles distant, who had for
sometime held a First-day Meeting by their advice and consent, end, The Gwynedd Meeting of Orthodox Friends has been discontinued,
as they do not understand the English language, desired to be joined the Meeting House so1d and remodeled and added to, and converted into
to Haverford Monthly Meeting, to which consent was given. At the a handsome dwelling. In 1931 it is known by the name of “Orthodox
Monthly Meeting held at Rednor Meetinghouse on the 9th of Tenth Cottage." In the small well-enclosed Burial Ground beside the
Month, 1714, it was left for consideration as to what time the dwelling are thirteen marked graves. Two stones bear no lettering,
Monthly Meeting of Gwynedd and Plymouth ( should be held) be left to three have initials and year dates, four are members or the Spencer
the appointment of this meeting by the Quarterly Meeting held in family, two or the Ambler, and one of the Wa1ton family. The latest
Philadelphia. The Third-day of every month was proposed and agreed inscription is that or
upon. GEORGE SPENCER Passed from time llth Mo. 6th, l895.
"Being now constituted a Monthly Meeting, they were allowed Courtesy of the
the privilege of recording all their births, marriages, deaths and
removals, which had heretofore been entered in the records of
Haverford. Plymouth Friends being few in numbers and the meetings FRIENDS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
being chiefly held here, it was called Gwynedd Monthly Meeting, which Swarthmore College
name has been ever since retained. John Evans was appointed the first Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
clerk, and Edward Foulke Robert Jones overseers. On the 26th of
Second Month, 1715, Friends in Providence were allowed to hold a
meeting on the first First-day or every Month, and a few months
thereafter liberty was given to have a burying-place. But the
meetinghouse again proving too small, it was decided the 28th of
Tenth Month, 1785, to have it enlarged. John Cadwallader, John Jones
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11. WILLIAM WILLIAMS, SR
Son of Richard Williams of Gwynedd, and Margaret Eaton
Born, 1719, Gwynedd, Philadelphia county, Penna.
Married Margaret (Evans?), dau. of_____ and __________ who married, 2nd,
at Cane Creek, NC, 5-1776, Anthony Chamness
She was born, 1721, (probably at Gwynedd); t&p of death unknown.
William Wi1liams and Margaret_________________
1. Priscilla, b. Pa. 3-27-1741; m. 1765, John Pike
2. Isaac (Sr) 11- 7-1742 1765, Rachel Pike
To Jefferson Co., Tenn. m. 1792, 2nd, Hannah Beals
3. Owen,b. Va. 10-20-1744 1770, Katherine Crawford
4. Mary l0-20-1746 d. Cane Creek NC 8-14-1766
5. Richard 11-11-1749 d. 11- ?-1766
6. Elizabeth l2-25-l750 m. 1769, Nathan Pike
7. Rachel 3-20-1753 1777? Joshua Chamness
8. Margaret 4- 1-1755 1772, Alexander Campbell
9. Jean 2-28-1758 d. Cane Creek NC 8-8-1766
10. Daniel 6-19-1760 m. 1781, Susanna Kemp
11. William (Jr) b. NC 9- 7-1763 1786, Rachel Kemp
Priscilla and Isaac were born at Gwynedd, Philadelphia Co., William, Jr.
was born in Chatham Co., NC; all others in Loudoun Co.,Va.
This family has been well served by Quaker records in North Carolina and
Tennessee. Of the eleven children we find eleven birth dates. Three children,
ages 8, 17 and 20, died in 1766, within a three-month period, of some
unrecorded frontier ailment.
There are eight marriage records, seven of which are replete with names
and dates for eighty-one of the great-grandchildren of "Richard the First" of
Gwynedd -- including Isaac (Jr) and Rachel (Adamson) who brought their families
to Lawrence County in 1817.
Of the above: John, Rachel and Nathan Pike -- who married three of Isaac's
children, were sons and daughter of John Pike and Abigail Overman. Susanna and
Rachel Kemp, wives of Isaac's two younger sons, were daughters of Richard and
Susanna Kemp. Joshua Chamness, husband of Rachel, was the son of Anthony
Chamness, Sr. whom Margaret married after William's death. It is assumed that
both William Williams and Anthony Chamness are buried at Cane Creek. Katherine
Crawford, who married Owen Wil1iams, was the daughter of James. Alexander
Campbell, Margaret's husband, was the son of Charles.
William Wi1liams made his will in Chatham county NC August 21, 1773. He
named his wife Margaret and eight surviving children. It was discovered in the
Archives of North Carolina by Mr. William P. Johnson of Fairmount, Indiana.
Through the courtesy of Wm. B. Lindley of LaJolla, Calif., a descendant of
Priscilla Williams and John Pike, we are privileged to reproduce the will as it
appears in the microfilm at Raleigh. It is a pre-revolutionary family document
of great and rare value to our Williams history.
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WILL OF WIILIAM WILLIAMS
(JBl57 Unrecorded Wills of Chatham County, N.C.)
"Whereas I William Williams of the County of Chatham and Province of North
Carolina Well knowing and Considering the grate Uncertainty of Life here do
think it Needful to Leave Behind me the following Lines As my Last will and
Testament that is to Say Principally and first of all I Recommend my Soul Unto
the Lord Who Gave it me and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to Be Buried in a
Christian Like Decent Manne at the Descrission of my friends and Relations And
as tuching Such worldly Substans wherewith the Almighty hath Been pleased to
favour me with all I Bequeath Device and Distribute thereof in manner and form
As follows to wit I Desire in the first place that all my just Debts Be paid.
"I desire that three hundred acres of my Land on Deep River should be sold
at the descression of my Executors it being three hundred at the bar End my
Land I give and bequeathe to my well beloved wife Marget Williams fifty pound
in mon.oney one feather Bed and furneture one Case of draws allso her Riding
Mair Sorrel and her Saddal also tow pots three dishes and half a dozen plats
also their is thre of sons Shal pay to ther mother twenty shillings yearly owen
Daniel and William when youget comes of age and dureing her Widow hood I Like
wiss leave the third of my Land that I now live on to my wife dureing her widow
"I like wiss Give and bequeth to my son Isaac in money forty pounds to be
paid by my Executors when the money that is due in Virginia is Collected or
when the Land on deep River is sold
"I give and bequeth to my daugter prissillar pike four pounds to be paid
when my money is Recived from Virginia I like wise Give and bequeth to my
Daugter Lissy Pike forty shillings to be paid at the same time. I Like wise
Give and bequeth to my Daughter Rachel twety pounds in money one feather Bed
and furneture a Cow and Calf three dishes Six plates and pot I give and bequth
to my Daughtter Marget Eight pounds in money to be paid by my Executors when
the Rest of my Children Receves thers Like wise one Bed I give and bequth to
my son Owen one hundred seventy five acres of my Land lying whear his house and
plantation Lyes it being free and Clear from all in Cumb- rants quit rents
Excepted. I also give and bequeath to my two youngest sons Daniel and William
two hundred and seventy five accors of my Land to be Equelly Devid:d betwext
the two only my Son William shall have the plantation. I allso Leave the use
of the Remaining part of my house hold goods to my Well beloved wife and to my
youngest Boys and all my horses and 4 head of Cattle and Six head of Sheep and
all the Reset of my Stock to be sold at the Diascretion of my Executors
"And Lastly I Conclude and appoint my Loving wife Marget Williams and my son
Owen Williams and John pike the hole and sole Executors of this my Last will
and Testament as Witness tilis my hand and Sign:d and sealed this 21 of August
Thos Hasavell Junr (S )
Newn N Walldesley (Signed) "WILLIAM WILLIAMS" ( E )
Alexr. Campbell ( A )
Notes: ( ) Three, or two; blurred and indeterminate. No date of probate
shown. Spelling, punctuation and capitalization as shown in photocopy.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (9)
QUAKER PREACHERS LEADS THE WAY
William Williams, Jr., youngest son of William and Margaret Williams, was born at
Cane Creek, Chathain county, NC, Sept. 7, 1763. He was a grandson of "Richard the
first" of Gwinedd, and the youngest brother of Isaac, Sr., who married Rachel Pike.
Thus he was the youthful uncle of both Capt. Isaac Williams and Rachel Adamson.
His father died before he was ten, and his mother remarried with Anthony
Chamness, a widower. In 1782 he was apprenticed to a cabinet maker of Center Quaker
community in Guilford county, ten miles from Greensboro. In 1786 he returned to Cane
Creek, and there married Rachel Kemp.
Isaac Williams, Sr., his older brother, had the far west in his blood. After his
marriage at Cane Creek, he took Rachel to New Garden and then to Surry county; and
finally to Jefferson county, Tennessee. He was an original member of three frontier
meetings: Deep River in Guilford county, 1778; Westfield in Surry, 1786; and Lost Creek
in Jefferson, 1797.
William, too, listened to the call of far horizons. With his family he
parallelled the moves of his big brother to Surry county and East Tennessee. Records
of both families were preserved at Lost Creek On Sept. 21, 1799, Isaac was made
Overseer of the Lost Creek Meeting. On May 21, 1803, William was recommended to be a
For a score of years, l804-23, this Quaker preacher, like the pioneer Circuit
Riders of Methodism, itinerated the vast frontier. He made eight long journeys on the
fringes of Quakerism, visiting Quakers everywhere. His work took him north and south,
from Georgia to New England, and from the Atlantic to the far Northwest Territory.
Visiting Indiana as early as 1807 he found it to be a land flowing with milk and
honey. In 1814 he led the van of the Williams stampede into that sweet land. He filed
on a plantation in Wayne county, moving his family there from Newberry in Blount
county, Tenn., and becoming the first citizen of Richmond. When the town was platted
in 1816, he erected the first home. And in this home the first school of Richmond
Indiana was set up.
About a year after establishing his city home, July 17, 1817, he departed on a
year's Journey to visit the yearly meetings. He attended these gatherings in
Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The last of May, 1818, he was at the Yearly Meeting at Philadelphia.
Then with his son Joshua, a student from nearby Mt. Holly, he set out on
horseback to visit the old stamping grounds. On June 2nd they rode eighteen miles to
Guynedd. He worshipped at the old meeting house where his grandfather and grandmother
had been married in 1717. But, sad to say, not a soul there in 1818 could tell him
anything of his grandparents. Not a single relative could he find.
There is no doubt but that he was a potent frontier influence, pointing Quakerism
to the free land northwest of the Ohio. He led the exodus from east Tennessee in 1814.
And by 1817 the wave of imigration had enveloped Capt. Isaac T.Villiams, and Big Sister
Rachel Adamson and their families.... The old circuit riding Quaker Preacher went to
his Heavenly Haven of Rest, August 25, 1824.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (10)
LIFE, TRAVELS, AND GOSPEL LABOURS
WILLIAM WILLIAMS, Dec.
A MINISTER of the
SOCIETY OF FRIENDS,
LATE OF WHITE-WATER, INDIANA
LODGE, L'HOMMEDIEU, AND HAIMMOND--PRINTERS
The above, set in an antique type, is the title page of a book of
ministry and travel covering 272 pages and twenty years of Quaker ministry on
the old frontier. There is little of family history or biography in this ook,
except as it concerns the individual journalist. But there is a world of local
history of the frontier, and of religious history of the middle west.
Besides his eight long itinerant journeys of shepherding to frontier
Quaker communities, Brother Williams carried on a continual visitation among
the members of meetings wherever he happened to be -- at Lost Creek, New Hope,
Westfield, Cane Creek or elsewhere. He had a constant "concern" to bolster up
the faith of his people and to explain the simplicities of Truth to those who
knew it not.
Before he began a journey he had to feel the "concern" deeply in his
innermost being. While carrying on the work of his farm, the vision would come
from somewhere, of neighbors on the other side of the Tennessee, the Ohio, or
the mountains, who needed Truth and the consolation of companionship and
visitation. Once his concern became vitalized through silence, meditation,
prayer and long consideration, he would lay the matter before the Meeting.
If the local Meeting approved, as it invariably did, he would take it to
the Monthly, and perhaps also to the Quarterly session. Then, whenever God
told him the time was ripe, he would bid family and friends goodbye, and take
the trail. His plan of travel, only generally organized, he developed from
county to county as he went along.
When he left home he had no idea when he would return. Like the Apostles
of old, he carried no scrip in his purse nor took thought for the morrow. The
brethren along the way took care of him, his trusty steed, and his companions
in travel. The Heavenly Father provided the spiritual fuel. On one such
journey (his third), he was away from home 51 weeks, travelled 495O miles and
conducted 244 services.
The JOURNAL is gazatteer of Quakerism on the frontior. Hundreds of small,
obscure Quaker meetings, many that have now been forgotten, are named. He
identifies a host of individual Quakers whom he met, or who gave him
hospitality-- and dozens of Quaker ministers who, like himself, were travelling
afar with a concern for humanity in the heart.
On numerous occasions he mentions visiting relatives -- but does not name
them. Many times he does name relatives, but does not identify them
genealogically: "A meeting at John Williams"; "my brother Isaac's wife"; "my
daughter's husband". But what is this petty lack in comparison with the rich
cargo of spiritual zeal which saturates every page?
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ISAAC WILLIAMS LOST CREEK TESIMONIAL ISAAC WILLIAMS (11)
A Testimony from Lost creek Quarterly meeting, in the state of Tennessee,
concerning our esteemed friend, William Williams, deceased;
late of White-Water Monthly meeting, in the state of Indiana.
He was born in the state of North Carolina, and brought up in the profession of
the principles of the religious society of Friends; but we do not find any further
notice taken of him, than being a member, until his marriage; he then removed to this
state, and by his certificate, was accepted as a member of Lost creek Monthly meeting.
Where, by the extendings of heavenly regard, and the teachings of divine grace, he came
to experience that sanctifying power, which qualifies for the true gospel ministry; and
about the year 1799 or 1800, a dispensation of the gospel was committed to his charge;
and being faithful to the measure of grace and light afforded to him, he grew in his
gift, and became a lively and able minister of the word of life; being qualified to
divide the word aright to the different states he ministered unto; dispensing milk to
babes, and meat to those of riper years.
He was a careful observer of the order of our religious society; and in his
ministration was often led to speak a word to the faithful for their encouragement: but
was close and sharp in reproof and rebuke to the lukewarm professor. Though largely
gifted, his testimonies were delivered "not in enticing words of man's wisdom" but in
the life, power and demonstration of the gospel: being, through divine inspiration,
frequently led to the exhortation of the youth, and of the widowed and fatherless
particularly. And notwithstanding he was thus gifted, he sat many meetings silent,
waiting on the Lord; being careful not to minister without heavenly life and power.
He divers times visited the meetings and families within the verge of this
meeting, for their strength and encouragement; nor were his labours confined to those
of our society; he was often concerned (in the power of that love which knows no
bounds) to declare the way of life and salvation to those of other denominations; and
with the concurrence of the Monthly meeting to which he belonged, appointed meetings
amongst them, which were generally to his and their satisfaction: he being qualified
to explain the inconsistency of depending on the formal and ceremonial systems of
worship, without coming to experience the substance.
In the year 1804 he obtained a certificate and performed a visit in gospel love
to Friends and others in the states of Georgia, South and North Carolina. In 1807 he
performed a religious visit in the state of Ohio. In 1808 he removed to Blount county
in this state. About that time there was a Monthly meeting established in said county
where he was found to be truly useful; and, with the concurrence of Friends, visited
the adjacent counties.
He also, at different times, visited Friends and others in the states of
Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New-Jersey, and part of Maryland; and on his return
from those visits produced copies of minutes from Monthly and Quarterly meetings,
expressive of Friends' unity and satisfaction with him in his public services. He
lived several years within the verge of Newberry Monthly meeting and was a faithful
laborer in this part of the Lord's vinyard. In the year 1814 he removed to White Water
Monthly meeting in the state of Indiana, where, having fought the good fight and kept
the faith, we have no doubt but that he finished his course in peace.
Signed by the direction of the Quarterly meeting aforesaid,
JOHN SWAIN ) Clerks
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ISAAC WILLIAMS 112. ISAAC WILLILMS SR, (12)
Son of William and Margaret Williams
Born, Gwynedd, Philadelphia county, Pa., Nov. 7, 1742; died in Jefferson
county, Tenn., probably before 1828.
Married, 1st, Jan. 24, 1765 at Cane Creek, Orange co., NC., Rachel, dau.
of John and Abigail (Overman) Pike. She was born at Winchester,
Va., Oct. 10, 1746; died Aug. 5, 1789, Surry co., NC.
Married, 2nd at Lost Creek Mtg., Jefferson co., Tenn., Dec. 26, 1792,
Hannah, dau. of Thomas and Sarah (Antram) Beals. She was born Dec.
13, 1759, Guilford Co., NC.; took certificate to Lick Creek Mtg in
Indiana. in 1828, and doubtless spent her 1ast days in Lawrence Co.
ISSUE: 1st mar. to RACHEL PIKE
1. John, born 12-19-1765 Orange Co. NC disowned 1795, New Hope
2. Abigail 1768 do nfr
3. William 6-14-1770 do disowned 1795; MOU*
4. Margaret 12-27-1771 do nfr
5. Ruth 2-09-1774 Guilford Co. M. Jonathan Adamson
6. Rachel 9-10-1776 Surry co. m. Thos. Adamson
7. Isaac, Jr 3-17-1779 do m. Amelia Gibson
8. Richard 9-16-1781 do disowned 1804; MCD**
9. Abel Lewis 12-20-1786 do do 1811 do
10. Priscilla) 8-05-1789 m. _______ Fresh
11. Mary ) 8-05-1789 do d. March 2, 18ll
ISSUE: 2nd mar. to HANNAH BEALS
12. Sarah 11-8-1793 Jeff. co. Tenn. disowned 5-27-1815***
13. Catherina 11-13-1795 do nfr
14. Rebecca 9-23-1797 do disowned 1816***
15. Elizabeth 8-14-1799 do do 1817***
16. Nelly (Eleanor) 8-04-1802 do do 1820; MCD**
* Married out of Unity *** Joined Methodist Society
** Married contrary to discipline nfr No further record
Isaac Williams Sr. was a great pioneer. Born near Philadelphia, as a
child he travelled down the Valley of Virginia to Loudoun Co., where he grew
up. As a young man he removed again with his family to Orange Co., NC. He
lived there in all the pre-revolutionary strife of the Regulation. Three
Williamses were disowned for participation, but young Isaac maintained his good
At Cane Creek he married Rachel Pike, and in 1772 they removed to Deep
Creek on the frontier of Guilford county.; and three years later to Surry in
the "far west". After Rache1's death in 1789, he moved on to the frontier
Quaker settlement at Lost Creek in Jefferson Co., East Tennessee. He was an
original member of the Meeting at Deep River, 1778; Westfie1d, 1786; and Lost
A staunch Friend, Isaac raised sixteen sons and daughters in the Way of
Truth. But most of them left the Fold, or were disowned for irregular conduct
or marriage. Three daughters by Hannah Beals disgraced him by running away to
Methodism. Little has been learned of his descendants other than the families
of Captain Isaac and Rachel (Adamson) who removed to Indiana in 1817.
Rachel Pike died the same day her twins were born, August 5,l789. She was
a noble Quaker woman, braving hardship and danger on a raw frontier for a
quarter century; bearing eleven stalwart sons and daughters. At the time of
their mother's death, Rachel was a lass of thirteen, Isaac a boy of ten.
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White River Country
Memorial to Congress
The Creek War
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (14)
1127. CAPTAIN ISAAC WILLIAMS JR
He was the son of Isaac Williams, Sr. and Rachel Pike.
He was born in Surry Co., NC., March 17, 1779; and died Feb. 13, 1856, in
Lawrence Co. , Indiana.
He married, 1st, Amelia, daughter of Garrett Gibson, May 1, 1801. She was
born in Surry county June 6, 1786, and died July 2, 1841, in
Lawrence county. Tradition says the wedding took place at Asheville
NC. As Amelia was not yet fifteen, it appears that this may have
been a runaway marriage, without church sanction. At any rate,
Isaac was disowned immediately thereafter. Both Isaac and Amelia
are buried at Old Union in Lawrence county.
Married, 2nd, April 14, 1844, Lucy Dye. She was born July 4, 1801; and
died in Lawrence co., Aug. 24, 1844 burial, Ferguson cemetery.
Married, 3rd, May 31, 1846, Rebecca D. Dibelin: born Dec. 23, 1797; died
March 23, 1857; interment at Old Union.
ISSUE: 1st mar. to AMELIA GIBSON
1. Laban, born 2-22-1802 10-25-1815 d. Jefferson co., Tenn.
2.+Garratt Gibson 6- 6-1804 11- 5-1887 m. Lucy Kern 3-19-1829
3.+Richard 10-16-1806 8-10-1880 m. Abigail Kern 1l-12-29
4.+Prier (Pryor) 1-22-1810 9- 1-1846 m. Anna Kern 7-7-1831
5.+Louisa M. 6-15-1808 11- -1833 m. Sam'l Rubottom 1833
6.+Mahala 4- 2-1812 5-30-1853 m. Eli Kern 2-2-1832
7. Andrew Jackson 6- 5-1814 12-23-1875 m. Buried at Old Union
8.+James Dixon 3- 3-1816 4-28-1856 m. Cytha Cox
9. Abel 11-28-1817 10-21-1839 b&d Lawrence co., Ind.
10.+Ahinoam 11-16-1819 11-15-1820 do
1l.+Elkanah 12-19-1822 10- 5-1888 b. Indiana; d. Fenna.
m. 1st Sarah S. Farmer 12-23-1847;
2nd, Sarah B. McGrew
12.+Bartimus 2-11-1825 6- 1-1882
m. 1st Rebecca D. Armstrong 10-8-1850, who died without issue
2nd Emily Angeline Hammeraley, who d. 8-26-1872, with issue
3rd Rachel L. McDonald 6-17-1875, with issue
13. Cornelia, b. 6-17-1828 d. 6- 1-1882 m. James Boyd, no issue
(+) Indicates a subsequent record for this family.
The first eight children were born in East Tennessee: Laban in Jefferson
county, the others in Sevier. Andrew Jackson was born during the War of 1812,
and bore the General's name. Laban, first born, died soon after the end of the
war. Isaac and Amelia took seven siblings to Indiana in 1817. Five more were
born in Hoosierland.
Isaac was disowned shortly after his marriage to 14-year-old Amelia --
whether for marrying out of unity, we know not. He did not seek reinstatement
or condemn his conduct for attending musters. His children grew up outside of
the Quaker fold, but very much under the influence of the Quaker community.
They never abandoned the staunch principles of forthright honesty and honorable
citizenship instilled in them by their Quaker tradition and background.
Eight of Captain Isaac's boys and girls left descendants. These are the
Grand Children -- and the Grandchildren -- of this family history.
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FRENCH BROAD COUNTRY
The ruggedly beautiful French Broad River tumbles down the Blue Ridges
from Asheville, North Carolina to Knoxville, Tennessee, making boundaries,
beautiful scenery, and forrested farms as it rolls along toward the Tennessee.
In the Williams family archives there is an old picture of one of these farms.
It was made more than fourscore years ago by Dr. Elkanah Williams of Cincinnati
who, with "Aunt Sally", his charming wife, went to Tennessee to find the old
Young Isaac was thirteen years old when his family moved from North
Carolina into Jefferson county, Tennessee. It was 1792, the year the county
was formed from Hawkins and Greene. Its territory included that of Sevier,
taken off in 1794, and Cocke, 1797. The numerous Quaker families in this area
requested a Meeting of their own. The Lost Creek Meeting near present New
Market was set up in 1797.
Isaac must have thrilled with the beauties of the river and the ruggedness
of the mountains as he came down through the passes to the wonderful farming
country east of Knoxville. Here he grew to young manhood. When he was 21, he
decided to take a wife and get a farm of his own. The wife was the pretty
neighborhood chatterbox, Amelia Gibson, daughter of Garrett Gibson, a member of
the Lost Creek Meeting.
Two years later he bought the farm, in two tracts. One was for 173 acres,
and it cost him $380 cash on the barrel head. The other was for 100 acres, for
which he paid $220. In all, $600 for 273 acre “on the waters of French Broad
River, Beginning at a post oak Corner" etc., as the old deed reads. The farm
was purchased from John Glass of Knox county, August 11, 1803. Laban, oldest
child, was already a year and a half old.
But Garrett, the next, was born on the Williams homestead, on the sixth
day of June, 1804. Richard, Pryor, Louisa, Mahala followed in orderly
succession. Then came Andrew Jackson, the War Baby, in 1814. James Dixon,
last of the "Tennessee Hillbillies" had just turned a year and a half when the
wheels of the covered wagon started rolling toward the Ohio from the French
Uncle Garrett used to have a prized pocket piece. It was a coin minted in
1804, the year he was born on the old farm. He had a happy memory, too. When
the wagons reached the top of the hill overlooking the old home and the
bubbling spring the two families-- Adamson and Williams-- stopped for a last
look at the home they were leaving forever. Garrett ran back down the hill for
a last drink of water from the spring-- a memory he treasured throughout his
Memories of Cocke county are more confused. Did Adamson or William live,
farm, own land or worship there at some time or other? Did the French Broad
"Meeting for Worship” extend over into Cocke from Sevier? Rachel Adamson's
descendants had lost the memory of even her husband's name until the marriage
record was discovered in Jefferson county. Now the deed to Adamson land has
turned up--in Jefferson county. And finally Captain Isaac's journal tells us
that one of his last duties in Tennessee was the administration of "Old Tom"
Adamson's estate. And when that family task was completed (date not
established) the way was clear for the wagons to start rolling for Indiana.
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WHITE RIVER COUNTRY
Captain Isaac had received such glowing reports about Indiana from his Uncle
William, the roving Quaker Preacher, that he decided to go and look the country over
himself. He was there in the winter of 1815-1816, probably in the late fall, soon
after crop work was finished. Arriving before the land sales opened up, he was able to
file on choice White River agricultural land.
On this expedition he made arrangements with a builder named Crook, already on
the land, to erect a cabin for him, so that his family on arrival the following year
would find shelter waiting. It is likely, too, that he made his first acquaintance
with the Dunkard Elder, Abram Kern, at this time. For Abram also, with his family on a
snow-bound sled, came early in 1816. Before the land was ever opened for sale, Capt.
Isaac joined with the first settlers in a Memorial to Congress, requesting preferential
treatment in the land sales.
The families of Capt. Isaac and his sister Rachel Adamson made the trek from the
French Broad to the White River in the spring of 1817, arriving in time to get in a
short crop to tide them through the winter. Their wagons ferried the Ohio at New
Albany. Isaac claimed later that his actual cash outlay for this move was $65. With
the arsenal of squirrel and shot guns Capt. Isaac brought along, the family had no
worries about meat. For wild game was abundant, and the boys were crack shots.
The Williams’s were good farmers. They became large land owners along White River
and in a few years were leading the township in agricultural pursuits. In 1884 the
Editor of Goodspeed's History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties wrote: "No
one has taken more active interest in the development of the resources of both county
and township than the Williams family. There is in the southwest part of Indian Creek
township along the river what is known as the Williams settlement, and it includes some
of the finest farms and most enterprising farmers in the county. It extends along both
sides of White River and embraces a considerable portion of Spice valley township..."
When Lawrence county was organized in 1818, Palestine was laid out as the county
seat. Captain Isaac was an original lot holder. But the area was full of swamps and
mosquitoes. Malaria became such a hazard that the new Hoosiers refused to live in
Palestine! In 1825 a new seat town was established at Bedford. Palestine was
abandoned. Lot holders were granted lots of equal value in Bedford on payment of the
registration fee. For $4.50 Capt. Isaac secured an excellent townsite. The City
Library was later built on part of his town property. And today, Roxie Hatfield, a
great-granddaughter whose records and pictures have helped to make this book
possible,lives on part of that $4.50 purchase.
(In 2002 John Williams, a great great grandson of Uncle Richard lives on the property. He is a long term
mayor of the town of Bedford.)
The village of Williams is an accidental memorial to Capt. Isaac. "In the
seventies," wrote John Williams in 1940, "Green Brothers set up a sawmill. Their
houses near the river were the first in town. Ben Carl came soon, built & house and
put in a small store. Then another house or two and they called the town Greenville.
About 1880 Lewis D. Kern put in a store where the hotel now stands and built his house
on the hill. Another house or two and then they wanted a Postoffice. Couldn't call it
Greenville for we had another Greenville in the state. Garrett Williams told them to
call it Williams, so they had the town named and got a star route office and carried
the mail from Bedford."
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Purchases of lots in the malarial City of Palestine, Lawarence County’s first capital,
were given exchange lots of equal value in the new county seat town of Bedford, on
payment of the registration fee. Captain Isaac’s new lot was no. 227; registered
April 11, 18278; fee, $4.50
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In 1850 Congress passed the act granting land bounty rights to soldiers of
the War of 1812. An act of March 3, 1855 increased the veterans' perquisites.
Caprain Isaac proved his rights under the first grant. Then, June 15th, 1855,
he appeared before Justice of Peace Eliphalet Pearson to claim bounty rights
under the second. His plea was honored and a certificate issued. But in the
meantime old Captain Isaac was called to the Great Muster Above. Then his
widow, Rebecca B Williams, returned the veteran's certificate and requested a
widow's instead. Her plea likewise was granted. But when her certificate came
back in due course, she too had joined the Captain in Legions Above,
Isaac Williams died Feb. 13th, 1856. His funeral was conducted at the
Bedford New School Presbyterian Church at 3:00 PM the 14th. The oration was by
a famous "Campbellite" preacher, Elder James M. Mathes. What a brave Valentine
it was that he sent to St. Michael the Archangle and Patron of Brave Soldiers!
Rebecca passed away March 23, 1857. Capt. Isaac sleeps eternally at Old Union,
with his first and last loves.
MEMORIAL TO CONGRESS BY CITIZENS
OF THE TERRITORY
(HF: 14 Cong.: 1 sess.: DS)
Referred Jan. 16, 1816
To the Honerable, The senet & House of representatives of the U, in Congress
The Memorial of a few under signed Citizens of the Indiana Territory Humbly
sheweth that we are Some of those that have servived the Wreck of ware In the
New purchase of this territory -- that we have confrunted the danger of the
ruthless savage with Intagerty & success Except the loss of property & friends
We have allso once yea twice pationed your Honorable Body to grant us A
preference to the land we are on at the publick price with out success We
still have hopes that surely the Guardians of our Liberties & rights will not
suffer farmes we have Made at such greate inconveniancyes & riskes to bee
Exposed to publick Sail & the profits thereoff Redownd to A welthy Republick --
we therefore still requeste your Honerable Body to pass a law Giveing us A
preference to our lands with liberty to enter the same before the office is
opened for the Sail of the publick land or if that cannot bee grantd And our
lands is taken away from us by dint of oppulance after We have been ready &
willing to pay the pub-lick price For the same we hope your Honors will at
least Pass a law to make such purchaser pay us the full Value of our
Improvements taking special notice &t The Inconveniance in which they are made
& --We subscribe our selves your fellow Citizens & Humble petitioners --
Daniel Beam Jacob Flinn William Flinn Seign John Hoover
Michael Beam John Flinn Joseph Glover Peter Hoover
Nela Beam Martin Flinn William Glover Jamason Hamilto
Richard Beam Matthew Flinn Daniel Guthory Junr Marcus Knight
William Butler Robert Flinn Daniel Guthory Sgn Thomas Mathes
John Creg Thomas Flinn Hugh Guthory Roderick Rawling
Robert Daugherty William Flinn John Guthory Stephen Sparks
Aaron Flinn William Flinn Junr William Guthory Isaac Williams
--Territorial Papers: Indiana: VIII, p. 368.
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Abraham Kern was a Dunkard Preacher from Nicholas county, Ky. He was born
June 24, 1786, in North Carolina, according to his census return for 1850. He
died in Lawrence Co., Ind., Oct. 25, 1858. His wife, Susan Wi1son, came to
Nicholas county from Pennsylvania, where she was born Oct. 5, 1785. She died
August 16, 1852. Abram and Susan met and married in Nicholas Co., Ky. They
are buried side by side at Old Union.
Elder Kern brought his family to Lawrence county on a sled in the winter
of 1815-16. Five children had been born in Kentucky, the o1dest barely eight.
The sixth one, Ambrose, was born in Kentucky just before the famous sled-ride,
or in Indiana, just after it. Five more joined Abram and Susan north of the
Abraham Kern and Susan Wilson
1. Fannie Kern Ky. 1808 John Wesley Adamson
2. Lucy Ky. 4- 6-1810 Garrett G. Williams
3. Abigail Ky. 11-13-1811 Richard Williams
4. Eli Ky. 6-15-1813 Mahala Williams
5. Anna Ky. 4- 7-1815 1) Pryor Williams; 2) Daniel Hall
6. Ambrose Ky? 1816 Ind? Elizabeth Ann Armstrong
7. Albert Ind. 6-15-1820 Elizabeth Hutton m. 1-2-1840
8. John R. Ind. 8- 5-1822 Mahala Adamson
9. Louis David Ind. 1-17-1825 Susan Virginia Armstrong
10. Jane Ind. ? No further record
11. Andrew Jackson Ind. 6- 9-1829 Malinda Rains
While Elder Kern came in 1816 to settle, Capt. Williams came and entered
his land more than a year before moving. When the Williams and Adamson
families arrived in the fall of 1817, to settle their White River purchases,
they found they were neighbors to the old preacher's family. The children grew
up together. And, as happened so frequently on the frontier, the youth of
neighboring families intermarried.
Thus Isaac Williams and Rachel Adamson became the grandparents of many of
Elder Kern's grandchildren-- and he likewise of theirs. Four of the Elder's
siblings married neighbor Williamses; two married the Adamsons. Genealogically
and legally, double cousins are the exact blood relation to each other as
brother and sister. Thus we have a very good historical reason for the
traditional clannishness of the Adamson-Kern-Wi1liams "trinity".
Elder Kern was a 1eading light in his community. He became known as the
"marryin'est parson" in Indiana. The marriage registers of Lawrence county for
four decades are all cluttered up with such enries as "Abram Kern, MG", "Rev.
Abram Kern", or "Abram Kern, Elder". Besides conducting a wel1-ordered farm, he
preached the gospel for free. He founded a church in his township -- on his
own farm -- and gave the land for church and cemetery. It became famous as
"Old Union"-- Dunkard at first, then New Light Baptist, and finally
"Campbellite" Christian. The proudest boast of Elder Kern's life was that he
never received a dollar for his forty years of active ministry. His only fee
in fact was a 25-cent piece an enthusiastic worshipper once forced upon him!
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CAPTAIN ISAAC, FIGHTING QUAKER
The War of 1812
The Captain's Journal
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CAPTAIN ISAAC AND THE WAR OF 1812
The tradition, handed down from goodness-knows-where, that our Isaac Williams
was a Soldier of the Revolution, was badly shattered when we invaded the Quaker records
of North Carolina. He was born in 1779 -- hardly soon enough to be fighting for the
cause of Independence. The fact of a staunch Quaker family background seemed to
preclude any military service whatever.
Still, the Lost Creek Meeting disowned him, for undesignated cause. Why was
that? If he had married out of unity or contrary to discipline, the minutes would
surely so stated. How simple it would have been for him to condemn his conduct and
On the other hand, if he attended musters, or participated in riotous conduct
(and what musters on that far frontier were less than riotous?), he would have been
dropped unceremoniously, without commence. And, if he were a good provider for his
family, and otherwise a good citizen and member of the community, no good Quaker clerk
would want to complicate the record of his dismissal with catty remarks.
So it must have been. For adequate proof of his fighting proclivities is found
in a worn and faded journal kept by him showing service in our second war with England.
The book is the property of his grand daughter, Mrs. Cornelia (Aunt Nelia) Jones, of
Williams, Indiana. From this ancient log, Mrs. Beulah Thompson has extracted some
items of potent interest to the family history.
Among them is the return of arms and rations for a company of draftees out of
Sevier county, Tennessee, for the month of January, 1814. The return indicates that
Capt. Isaac Williams received fifty drafted militiamen from that county at a camp on
Little Pigeon, and outfitted them with rifles and shotguns which were also drafted from
citizens of Sevier. The outfit included sixteen firing pieces from Capt. Isaac's own
private arsenal. After outfitting, he marched the company approximately 100 miles to
the Hiawassee Garrison, located probably at the Big Spring, in present Meigs county.
Enroute, his men were mustered in at Kingston, as a unit of Col. Samuel Bunch's
Information from the journal was translated into four pages of data (CF: The Old
Journal, Post). Copies were forwarded to the County Clerk at Sevierville, the East
Tennessee Historical Society at Knoxville, and the Adjutant General’s Office at
Nashville, with a request for clarifying information. The County Clerk informed us
that Sevier’s court house with all records had burned over 100 years ago. (Incident
ally, the same thing happened to the records of adjacent Cooke county.) To date no
information on our inquiry has come from the Historical Society.
But the Adjutant General's Office did itself proud for the Williams Clan. Col.
A. F. Carden, Tennessee National Guard, the Chief of War Records, contributed that
which makes a hungry family historian suffer with delight. He found that Captain Isaac
Williams had nearly two years of active field duty with Tennessee forces during the War
of 1812. He commanded not only a company of drafted infantry, but also two companies
of volunteer dragoons -- one of mounted infantry, and one known as the "special
battalion of mounted gunmen". His data included an alphabetical list of all of the men
who served in these three units, with their ratings and dates of enlistment.
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The analytical study of these records, plus the data of the old journal, and a
synthesis of this material with the known facts of the campaign against the Creek
Indians, enables us to present the family with a fairly complete and accurate report on
Grandfather Isaac's military service.
Isaac Williams and Amelia Gibson were married May 1, 1801. He was disowned June
20th following. We cannot be certain that he was not "churched" because of this
marriage. But we are sure that he did not seek reinstatement for some very excellent
reason. That reason may have been his affinity for "musters".
In the year that he was married and disowned, Andrew Jackson became the Major
General of Tennessee Militia. We do not know what, if anything at all, was the
relation of Quaker Isaac Williams to General Andrew Jackson during the ensuing twelve
years. But we do know that as young Isaac reared his family he taught the boys how to
shoot. By January 1814 he had built himself a family arsenal to the status of a young
fortress with fifteen rifles and a shotgun. We know also that Captain Williams led
three outfits into the field, 1813-15, under Old Hickory's command. And we know that
he named his son, born June 5, 1814, on the heels of his return from the Creek
campaign, Andrew Jackson Williams.
Word of the Fort Mimms Massacre of August 30, 1813, found the General flat on
his back at Nashville. He was trying to recover from the effects of two lead slugs in
his shoulder recently received in a tavern brawl. Three hundred and fifty people (some
reports say more then 500) were housed in this frontier fort on the Alabama River.
Soldiers, settlers, women, children -- all were butchered indiscriminately by hostile
Creeks under Chief Weathersford, the Red Eagle.
Only a few escaped. The frontier blazed with preparations for revenge.
Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi Territory, Tennessee and the U.S.Army buzzed with
military ardor. Tennessee called out 4000 troops Sept. 25, 1813: 2500 militia and
Capt. Isaac may already have been under arms at Shelbyville with a company of
mounted infantry. The archives tell us that he made a forced march of 102 miles from
that place to Huntsville, Ala., where his company was mustered into Col. Newton
Cannon's dragoon regiment of the 24th. This regiment was a part of Col. John Coffee's
cavalry brigade, which played a key part in the entire campaign.
General Jackson, hardly able to mount his steed, took command of the troops on
October 7th. On the 12th he marched them 32 miles from Fayetteville to Huntsville.
Mounted troops had already cut a road through the wilderness to Ditto's Landing on the
Tennessee. Jackson moved there on the 19th. On the 22nd he moved 22 miles further to
Thompson Creek. There he establoshed Fort Deposit as a supply base.
By the 29th he had crossed the Coosa Mountains and reached the Coosa River at
Ten Islands -- 50 miles further into the wilderness. Enroute, Coffee's men had burned
two Indian villages and confiscated 300 bushels of corn. At Ten Islands Jackson
planned an attack on the village of Tallasahatchee. The battle took place November
3rd, with Coffee's Brigade delivering a smashing victory over Weatherford's Creeks.
For five Tennessee dead and 42 wounded, Red Eagle swapped Old Hickory 84 prisoners and
over 200 dead braves!
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The General built another fort at Ten Islands and called it Fort Strother. It
became his base of operations. Spies came from Talladega with word that Red Eagle was
concentrating warriors there, to wipe out this friendly village. Jackson fell upon the
hostiles November 9th. His attack accounted for another 200 of Red Eagle's braves.
Among the sixteen dead and 86 wounded whites were three dragoons of Capt. Isaac’s
company. One died within a few days, two in December.
After this brief campaign Old Hickory had a world of trouble with mutineers.
Contractors had failed to deliver food stores. The army was fighting on an empty
stomach. A private complained to the General that he was hungry. “So am I”, said Old
Hickory, "but I will divide my ration with you." He took from his pocket a handful of
acorns and split the ration with G.I.Joe. He had already given his own private
commissariat to the hospital.
We can only guess how hungry Isaac Williams and his mounted infantry were on that
campaign. Then half the army attempted mutiny because of hunger, it is not likely the
other half was well fed. In the month of November there were three serious attempts at
mutiny; another in December. On December 12th Jackson dismissed the volunteers. The
Governor ordered him to bring the army home.
But Old Hickory ignored the order. "If but two loyal men will stand by me," he
said, "I will hold what we have gained." Said Colonel Coffee, "I will be one of them."
Among the faithful few who remained with their General were Isaac Williams and his
trusted dragoons. Governor Blount send two regiments of 60-day men (including Davy
Crockett; with his coonskin cap!) to relive them. As a Christmas Greeting, the General
released the Williams company on December 25th, 1813.
Capt. Isaac had hardly reached home for a festive New Year celebration before
Governor Blount called him up again. He took command of a company of drafted East
Tennessee Militia from Sevier county. On January 10, 1814, this company was mustered
into Col. Samuel Bunch's regiment at Kingston. By easy stages, Williams marched his
men to the Hiawassee Garrison, some 100 miles down the Tennessee from Sevier.
Beyond Hiawassee we cannot follow him. His journal carries him five days further
to the end of January. But the chirography is too dim to decipher. Nor is there any
clue in the company roll. He must have been at Fort Strother by February 6th, when
Col. John Williams arrived with Ensign Sam'l Houston and the 39th US Infantry.
Doubtless his company was present, too, on March 14th, and was paraded to witness the
execution of Private John Wood, court-martialed and shot for insubordination.
Doubtless, also, he marched on the 18th, when the General set out for Horseshoe
Bend on the Tallapoosa River. There Red Eagle and his braves -- the last fighting
remnant of hostile Creeks -- were fortified at an impregnable site, ready to repel all
attack. The Indian name of this place was Tohopeka. But in Indian lore it is
synonymous with bitter, dismal defeat. For, on that day, March 27, 1814, the Red
Eagle's fighting warriors were liquidated to a man. Then the day was done, the Creek
War was ended.
Red Eagle made his last stand with an army of nearly 1000 braves. Over 200 were
drowned trying to escape. Over 100 were missing. There were 557 corpses counted "dead
on the field"; no prisoners. Jackson lost 55 killed and 146 wounded. There were no
casualties in Captain Isaac Williams's company of East Tennessee Militia.
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The General now occupied the "Hickory Ground" -- soil sacred to the
Indian, where no paleface theretofore had dared to tread! And across the
Alabama River from this spot he erected a new strategic fort. General Pinckney
of South Carolina insisted on naming it Fort Jackson in the General's honor.
Here the now docile hostles came in to make their peace. Here the Red Eagle
buried his tomahawk.
The troops were ordered home April 21st. They arrived in Nashville in
May, to receive their coveted dismissal. The War Department celebrated a
famous anniversary (April 19th: Battle of Lexington) by commissioning Old
Hickory a Brigadier of the regular army. Still greater honors were ahead.
When he got to Nashville a Major General's commission awaited him. On May
28th, 1814, he was given command of the Southern Military District.
As we have seen, the records of the campaign reveal that Isaac Williams
was a fighting comrade of two other famous frontiersmen in the Creek War: Davy
Crockett and Sam Houston. Crockett was one of the 60-day volunteers who came
to Old Hickory's aid in December 1813 --when mutineers nearly ruined him and
Capt. Isaac was among the few whc sustained. Sam Houston, an ensign of the
39th US Infantry, played a conspicuous role in the Battle of the Horseshoe,
March 27th, 1814.
Captain Isaac stayed at home long enough this time to plant a crop of
corn and lay it by before he was called up again. In September he took command
at Shelbyville of a separate battalion of mounted gunmen the largest of his
three companies. It was recruited for six months' service in Major William
Russell's battalion of Col. Robert Dyer's First Regiment of Tennessee Mounted
Gunmen. This organization was a part of Coffee's Cavalry Brigade in Carroll's
Tennessee Division. It played a prominent part in the New Orleans campaign.
Family tradition has given us no hint that Captain Isaac was at New
Orleans. But we are firm in the belief that he marched with his regiment in
Coffee's Brigade. General Jackson left Fayetteville for Mobile on September
15th. On the 28th the mounted gunmen marched 25 miles from Shelbyville to
Fayetteville to muster in. It is reasonable to suppose that they speedily
followed their general to Mobile and that they participated in the Florida
Old Hickory arrived at New Orleans November 22nd. There was an action
at Lake Borgne, December 14th. Coffee's Brigade arrived on the 20th. It had
come 800 miles through the wilderness to Baton Rouge, over the “Old Spanish
Trail.” Then, by a forced march of 150 miles, it reached New Orleans in two
days. Coffee's Brigade and Col. Dyer's Dragoons played leading roles in the
battles of December 23rd and January 8th 1815.
For a mind's eye picture of Captain Isaac and his troopers, let us
peruse T. Walker’s delightful description of this famous battle unit:
“Coffee's Brigade had performed the remarkable and tedious march from Fort
Jackson, on the Alabama, around the lake, to the Mississippi River, which they
reached by the old Spanish road, at Sandy Creek, a few miles above Baton Rouge.
Hastening to this town, Coffee found there a messenger from
Jackson,...directing him to push forward with all rapidity, leaving his sick
and baggage at Baton Rouge.
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“Coffee immediately selected all his strong men and horses, and with them started
for New Orleans at a brisk trot. In two days he reached the suburbs of the city,
having in that time marched 150 miles with men and animals who had just performed a
wearisome journey of 800 miles through a wilderness. There is no march to equal this
in the history of modern warfare. Encamping on the Avart plantation, just above the
city, Coffee rode to town to report to Jackson.
“It was a warm meeting between the two gallant soldiers who had shared so much
perils and hardships.... Coffee was a man of noble aspect, tall and herculean in frame,
yet not destitute of a certain natural dignity and ease of manner. Though of great
height and weight, his appearance on horseback, mounted on a fine Tennessee
thoroughbred was striking and impressive.
“Coffee brought with him less than 800 men. They were, however, admirable
soldiers who had been hardened by long service, possessed remarkable endurance, and
that useful quality of soldiers, of taking care of themselves in any emergency. They
were all practiced marksmen, who tough nothing of bringing down a squirrel from the top
of the loftiest trees with their rifles.
“Their appearance was not very military. In their long woolen hunting shirts of
dark or dingy color, and copperase-dyed pantaloons, made at home -- both cloth and
garments -- by their wives, mothers and sisters, with slouching wool hats, some
composed of the skins of raccoons and foxes, the spoils of the chase -- to which they
were addicted almost from infancy -- with belts of untanned deerskin in which were
stuck hunting knives and tomahawks, with their long unkempt hair and unshorn faces,
Coffee’s men were not calculated to please the eye of the martinet, or one accustomed
to regard neatness and primness as essential virtues of the good soldier.”
During the battle of the 8th of January, some Britishers succeeded in getting
mired in a swamp, and they were captured by Coffee’s men. Says Walker, again: The
Tennesseeans astonished the Britons by their squirrel-like agility with which they
jumped from log to log, and their alligator like facility of moving through the water,
brushes, and mud. Some of the prisoners.... were of the West India Regiment” and
thought that “they were captives of men or their own color and blood, deceived by the
appearance of the Tennesseeans who, from their constant esposure...and their long
unacquaintance with the razor... were certainly not fair representative of the
Caucasian race. The unfortunate red-coated Africans soon discovered their captors to
dance jabs in mud a foot deep.”
The memorable and decisive Battle of New Orleans occurred January 8th, 1815 -- a
battle fought after the war ended! The flower of Field Marshal Weellington’s Army
under Pakenham was wiped out by Old Hickory’s backwoodsmen from Kentucky, Tennessee and
Mississippi. It is utterly fantastic, but the British, with some 7000 men engaged,
lost 700 killed, 1400 wounded, and 500 prisoners. The Americans lost a total of eight
killed and thirteen wounded.
Can you imagine Capt. Isaac slithering through a Louisiana swamp, with a platoon
of black Jamaicans dancing Juba before him? His Separate Battalion of Mounted Gunmen
was discharged March 27th. The war was over. The Creeks were tamed. The Red Coats
war vanquished. The new boy named Andrew Jackson was almost a year old. And Captain
Isaac Williams had a farm and a family to care to for.
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THE OLD JOURNAL
Drafted Men and Arms
Public Service and Public Trust
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R A T I O N R E T U R N
= = = = = = = = = = = = =
Company of Drafted East Tennessee Militia, Captain Isaac Williams
=== January, 1814, in the Second War. with Great Britain ==
( This return was found in a ledger or daybook kept by )
( Captain. Isaac Williams for his personal records, and was)
( evidently transcribed by him from the original return.)
( The book is the property of his grand-daughter, Mrs. )
( Cornelia Jones, of Williams, Indiana. The following )
( records were copied verbatim from said book, January 7 )
( 1963, by Mrs. Belah Thompson, Williams, Indiana. )
“ Jan 8, 1814. A true and accurate account of the returns of Capt.
“Isaac Williams Company of drafted East Tennessee Malta???
"At little Jan 8, 1814 Return for 2 days (illegible, probably 50 men
Pigeon and received complete rashions of meat and meal.
"At Adoner No sope candles nor vinegar
"Pitners The 10th 2 days 50 men no sope candles nor vinegar
"Knoxville The 12th 2 days 50 men no sope nor vinegar
”Knoxville The 14th 3 days 47 men no sope nor vinegar
"Knoxville The 17th 4 days 47 men Complete rashions
"Kingston The 21st 3 days 47 men Complete rashions
“Highwassee The 24th day 48 men no cope candles nor vinegar
Ditto The 25th 4 days48 men no candles nor vinegar
"Camp (?) The 28th 2 day 46 men no sope candles nor vinegar
"Camp (?) The 30th 2 days46 men no cope candles nor vinegar
1) Camp at Little Pigeon was probably at its mouth, where it flows into the
French Broad, since there is no reference to Sevierville.
2) Adoner: Study of the chirography may indicate this to have been Adair's, a
station five or six miles from Knoxville.
3) Pitmers -- no data available.
4) Knoxville: The return of rifles suggests that the Knoxville camp may have
been on south side of the river in Sevier county.
5) Kingston: The march was probably via Campbell's Station where no doubt the
company camped over night.
6) Highwassee Garrison: On or near the Hiawassee River southwest of Knoxville
about 70 or 75 miles by trail. The company may have used flatboat transportation
downstream from Kingston. This camp may have been located at Big Spring, in present
day Meigs county.
(7) Camp (?) -- Indecipherable, possibly Camp Reed. No data.
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E Q U I P M E N T R E T U R N
Company of Drafted East Tennessee Militia, Captain Isaac Williams
-=== January, 1814, in the Second War with Great Britain ===
( Capt. Wi11iams's Journal, referred to on the previous )
( page documents the equipping of his company under the )
( frontier practice of drafting arms along with the men.)
( The following table is a consolidation of information )
( contained in 34 entries made by Capt. Williams in the )
( book under date of January 18, 1814, at his camp in )
( "Sevier County, Tenn. near Knoxville. Each entry is )
( dated and written out in full. Items and values are )
( spelled out as instanced by the first entry given in )
( full below. Entries were apparently made from a form )
( of standard usage. )
"Sevier County Jan the 18th 1814”
“Received of Hugh Duggan one rifle Gun for the use of my Co. which was valued to
Twenty Dollars to be returned or paid for by the United States in the care of Jno
THE DRAFTED ARMS
Eighteen East Tennessee Citizens furnished the armament for this company of
draftees. Frontier usage approved the drafting of arms as well as men, and the county
courts or county lieutenants activated this draft. Since the arms were all receipted
for in Sevier county, where this company was formed, it is reasonable to suppose that
the men listed below were early settlers and pioneers of that county.
NAME SUPPLIED VALUE
1. ADAMA. Daniel, 1 rifle & 1 shotgun $ 21.
2. BERRIER, John 1 rifle 12.
3. CAMPBELL, John 1 rifle 15.
4. CROCKETT, John 1 rifle 15.
5. Darieys, Zachariah 1 rifle 10.
6. DUGGAN, Hugh I rifle 20.
7. DUGGAN, Williams 1 rif1e 15.
8. FARAYS, Samuel 1 rifle 15.50
9. FINCANNON, James 1 rifle 20.
10. GRIMMET, Jacob 1 rifle 20.
11. HUDSON, Obadiah 1 rifle 18.
12. KERR, Jonathan 1 rifle 6.
13. LEMMONS, Jacob 1 rifle 20.
14. MANNON, Job 1 rifle 16 .
15. McCHAITEY, David 1 rifle 15.
16. WATKINS, Isaac 1 rifle 12.
17. WILLIAMS Isaac 15 rifles 1 shotgun 238.50
18. ? , Edward 1 rifle 20.00
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E Q U I P M E N T R E T U R N
Stacking Arms in Sevier County
The 34 equipment and custody entries in Captain Isaac's journal of 1814, show
that he and seventeen other citizens of Sevier County stacked arms in his camp near
Knoxville January 18, 1814, in order to equip his drafted company for the second
campaign against the Creek Indians
“Sevier County, Jan the 18th 1814
“Received of "for the use "which was "in the care of
of my Co. valued at (*)
1. Hugh Duggan 1 rifle Gun $20.00 Jno Frazier
2. James Fincannon do 20.00 William Smith
3. Samuel Farays do 15.50 Robert Mattheys
4. Job Mannon do 16.00 Jonathan Will
5. Jacob Lemmons do 20.00 John Patison
6. Daniel Adams 1 shot Gun 10.00 Jeremiah Routh
7. Daniel Adams 1 Rifle Gun 11.00 Ephraim Maples
8. William Duggan do 15.00 William Foster
9. Edward ( ? ) do 20.00 Richard Catlett
10. Jacob Grimmet do 20.00 Daniel Emmet
11. Isaac Watkins do 12.00 John Richards
12. John Campbell do 15.00 Drewry Breadaway
13. John Crockett do 15.00 Richard Evans
14. Zachariah Daneys do 10.00 Thomas Pate
15. Obadiah Hudson ..do 18.00 Benjamin Thomas
16. David McChaney ..do 15.00 Wm. Hite
17. John Berrier do 12.00 Stephen Routh
18. Jonathan Kerr do 6.00 Jeremiah Routh
19. Issac Williams, Capt. do ** 20.00 John Frazier
20. Isaac Williams do ** 20.00 William Smith
21. Isaac Williams do ** 15.50 Robert Matthews
22. Isaac W7illiams do ** 16.00 (not signed)
23. Isaac Wi1liams do ** 20.00 John Patison
24. Isaac Wi11iams 1 shot Gun ** 10.00 Jeremiah Routh
25. Isaac Williams I Rifle Gun*** 11.00 Ephraim Maples
26. Isaac Williams do *** 15.00 William Foster
27. Isaac Williams do *** 20.00 Daniel Emmett
28. Isaac Wi1liams do *** 12.00 John Richards
29. Isaac Wil1iams do *** 15.00 Drewry Breadaway
50. Isaac Wil1iams do *** 15.00 Richard Evans
31 Isaac Williams do *** 10.00 Thomas Pate
32 Isaac Williams do *** 18.00 Benjamin Thomas
33 Isaac Williams do *** 15.00 William White
34 Isaac Wi11iams do *** 6.00 Michael Armbrister
(*) Entry reads "to be returned or paid for by the United States"
(**) Captain Isaac’s guns 19 to 24: "to be returned when discharged
(***) Guns 25 to 34, Capt. Isaac: '”to be returned at Camp Reed" (or
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Company of Drafted East Tennessee Militia, Captain Isaac Williams
==== January, 1814, in the Second War with Great Britain ====
A study of this old journal, with its itinerary, ration and equipment and custody
returns, reveals also the names of several members of this 1814 draft. Besides Captain
Isaac, and the other seventeen citizens who furnished the arms, we have the names of
nineteen men of the company who accepted custody of the guns, as against their safe
return. This perhaps represents a certain community spirit among men of Sevier. Those
who took custody were probably friends or neighbors of the men who loaned the guns.
For the complete roll of this company, we must turn to the official alphabetical list
furnished by the Adjutant General's Office.
NAME SIGNED FOR VALUE
1. ARMBRISTER, Michael 1 gun $ 6.00
2. BREADAWAY, Drewry 2 guns 30.00
3. CATLLETT, Richard 1 gun 20.00
4. EMMETT, Daniel 2 guns 40.00
5. EVANS, Richard 2 guns 30.00
6. FOSTER, William 2 guns 30.00
7. FRAZIER, John 2 guns 40.00
8. HITE, William I gun 15.00
9. MAPLES, Ephraim 2 Guns 22.00
10. MATTHEWS, Robert 2 guns 31.50
11. PATE, Thomas 2 guns 20.00
12. PATISON, John 2 guns 40.00
13. RICHARDS, John 2 guns 24.00
14. ROUTH, Jeremiah 3 guns 26.00
15. ROUTH, Stephen 1 gun 12.00
16. SMITH, Wi1liam 2 guns 40.00
17. THOMAS, Benjamin 2 guns 36.00
18. WHITE, William 1 gun 15.00
19. WILL, Jonathan 1 gun 16.00
20. WILLIAMS, Capt. Isaac 1 gun 16.00
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PUBLIC OFFICE AND PUBLIC TRUST
Company of Drafted East Tennessee Militia, Captain Isaac Williams
==== January, 1814, in the Second War with Great Britain ====
A study of this series of faded entries, now a century and a half old, in
the daybook of a "renegade" East Tennessee Quaker, tells us a good many things
about Captain Isaac Williams and the frontier conditions of his time. It
reveals first of all the real reason why he was never reinstated in the Quaker
faith -- which disowned him for reasons unstated. Although a man of peace at
heart, he was also a citizen of valor and a man of war when duty called.
It reveals also how meticulous he was in considering his public duty as a
public servant. By carefully copying these items in his journal from the
required official records, he was not only protecting himself and his military
reputation. He was also making it possible for others to prove military bounty
rights if his testimony should ever be required for that purpose.
This drafted company performed at least 24 days of service, Jan. 8 to 31
inclusive (as evidenced in the journal) on the Tennessee frontier in 1814,
probably in the Indian war. The men marched -- or marched and floated -- if
they used the bateau method of travel by floating down the river -- over 100
miles to the Hiawassee frontier, and of course, the same distance back again.
The State supplied the rations, but the guns were drafted from Citizens,
subject to reimbursement at the owner's appraised value if not returned. The
ration included meat, meal, candles and soap. Meat for stamina, corn meal for
filler, vinegar for nutrition (an anti-scorbutic), soap for sanitation, and
candles for illumination. But in eleven ration entries, only three reported
full rations. Two entries reported no soap or vinegar; six reported "no sope,
candles, nor vinegar".
Seventeen citizens furnished 18 guns; one furnished sixteen --two shotgun
and 32 rifles for a company of 50 men. Shotguns were appraised at ten dollars
each; rifles at various prices, six, ten, eleven, twelve, fifteen, fifteen-
fifty, sixteen, eighteen and twenty dollars. Daniel Adams loaned a rifle and
shotgun; Isaac Williams a a shotgun and fifteen rifles.
Each gun was assigned to the custody of a soldier. Six signed for one gun
each, twelve for two, and one for three. Thus, with the captain, we can
account for twenty members of the company that mustered at the mouth of Little
Pigeon and marched to the Hiawassee frontier and beyond.
Still another inference can be drawn from the study of this return:
Namely, that Captain Isaac Williams was a leader of men, a leader of his
community, and a citizen who maintained a very respectable arsenal of his own.
He furnished almost half of the armament, and preferred to have it returned
rather than to receive reimbursement; at the appraised value. It was the
normal, natural thing to do for the Governor or the Adjutant General to issue
the captain's commission to the man of his community who was looked to for
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Company of Mounted Infantry
Company of Drafted Infantry
Company of Mounted Gunmen
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MILITARY DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
Cordell Hull Building
Nashville 3, Tennessee
AGTN-K Williams, Isaac 16 April, 1963
War of 1812
Mr. Ben F. Dixon, Archivist
House of Ancaducros
6008 Arosa Street
San Diego 15, California
Dear Mr. Dixon:
This is to acknowledge your letter of 17 March 1963 with reference to
Captain Isaac Williams during the War of 1812.
Records of this office are not adequate to provide all the information you
set out as being desired in connection with a family history of the Williams
This office has examined available records which are in alphabetical index
form, not of photostatic interest, and find information as set forth in the
four page enclosure herewith. There is no charge for this service.
We are unable to find from our sources of information an official record
of Hiwassee Garrison or Camp Reed. The 70 or 75 miles as shown in item 6 of
Notes on the Ration Return would have placed the Hiawassee Garrison on the
Hiwassee River at Westmore in Polk County south of Etwah, if 70 miles, or if 75
miles, at Calhoun on Bradley-McMinn County Line or Big Springs in Meigs County.
It is our hope, however, that the inclosed four pages will be of interest
and possibly some value in shaping up the Williams book. This office would
appreciate very much indeed a complimentary copy of the brochure from your
mailing list. Address it to the undersigned at 331 Cordell Hull Building,
Nashville 3, Tennessee.
FOR THE ADJUTANT GENERAL:
a/s /S/ A. F. CARDEN
Chief, War Records
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (33)
Adjutant General's Office
Tennessee National Guard
---- A report on:
CAPTAIN ISAAC WILLIAMS
History records Andrew Jackson as being elected Major-General of Tennessee
Militia in 1802.
At the outbreak of the War of 1812 he offered his services with some 2500
Tennessee Volunteers to the U.S.Government and was ordered to Natchez,
Mississippi. When ordered to disband in 1813 by the Secretary of War, he
refused and marched his troops back to Tennessee
In 1813-1814, with these troops and other Southern state troops, he
engaged in an expedition against the Creek Indians. In 1814 he was appointed
Major-General in the Regular U.S.Army and placed in Command of the Department
of the South. He engaged in attacks against the British in Florida (then
Spanish Territory) and successfully defended New Orleans in a decisively won
victory in January 1815.
In January 1814, the East Tennessee Militia was organized for service by
Draft-- for service under Maj-Gen Andrew Jackson.
Records indicate that Captain Isaac Williams organized and commanded three
(3) different companies; they appear to have been
1. The Mounted Riflemen, 24 Sept 1813 -- 25 December 1813, of Co1onel
Newton Cannon's Regiment. This regiment travelled 103 miles from
Shelbyville, Tennessee to Huntsville, Ala., where they were mustered
in for service in the campaign against the Creek Nation --
discharged 25 December 1813 by Order of the Secretary of War.
2. The East Tennessee Militia, 10 Jan 1814 -- May 1814, of Colonel Samuel
Bunch’s Regiment. This regiment mustered in at Kingston and served
in the expedition against the Creek Indians.
3. The Separate Battalion of Mounted Gunmen, 28 Sept 1814 -- 27 March
1815, of Major William Russell’s Battalion and Colonel Robert Dyer’s
Regiment. They travelled 25 miles from Shelbyville, Tenn to
Fayetteville, Tenn where they were mustered into service.
Following is an alphabetical listing of men who served in Captain Isaac
Williams' Companies; their names, rank, date of enlistment and branch of
service as shown in records of this office:
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (34)
COMPANY OF MOUNTED RIFLEMEN
Colonel Newton Cannon's Regiment
War of 1812
This regiment was in service from 24 September until 25 December. 1813.
It travelled 103 miles from Shelbyville, Tenn., to Huntsvil1e, Ala., where it
was mustered in for service in the campaign against the Creek Nation.
Discharged 25 December 1813 by Order of the Secretary of War.
This company of Mounted Rifles was organized and commanded by Captain Isaac
Williams of Sevier county.
NAME RATING DATE ENLISTED
1. BINGHAM, William Ensign 9-24-1813
2. BONDS, Nelson Pvt 9-24
3. CAMPE, John Cpl 9-24
4. CAUGHRAN, Aun B. Pvt 11-18-13
5. CHURCH, Asa Trumpeter 9-24
6. CROW, Mansfield W. Cpl 9-24
7. DEEN, Charles Sgt 9-24
8. EDMONDSON, Benjamin Pvt 10-1-13
9. HENSON, Thomas Pvt 9-24
10. HOPKINS, John + Pvt 9-24
1l. JORDAN, James Pyt 9-24
12. KING, William Pyt 9-24
13. LUTHER, George Pvt 9-23
14. MCGLAUGHTON, Absolom Pvt 9-24
15. MOKINSEY, Rolly ++ Pvt 9-24
16. MARSHALL, Leaven Sgt 9-24
17. MERCHANT, David +++ Pvt 9-24
18. MERCHANT, John Rvt 9-23
19. MOORE, Levi Pvt 9-24
20. POINTER James * Pvt 9-24
21. STARRETT, Benjamin Pvt 11-18
22. STARRETT, Joseph Pvt 9-24
23. TINDLE, Samuel pvt 9-24
24. WILLIAMS, Elijah, Jun'r Pvt 9-24
(+) Died of wounds, Dec. 1813, received at Battle of Talledega
(++) Died November 18, 1813
(+++) Died December 20, 1813
(*) Deserted, Oct. 10, 1813
Information from Adjutant General's Archives, Tennessee National Guard.,
concolidated for the purposes of thos book.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (35)
COMPANY OF DRAFTED MILITIA
Colonel Samuel Bunch, Third Regiment
East Tennessee Militia
War of 1812
In January 1814, the East Tennessee Militia was organized for service by
draft, for service under Maj.-General Andrew Jackson. This regiment, commanded
by Col. Samuel Bunch, was mustered at Kingston, January 10, 1814, served in an
expedition against the Creek Indians, and was mustered out in May, 1814.
The Sevier County Company was organized and commanded by Captain Isaac
NAME RATING NAME RATING
1. ADAMS, Simon Fifer 23. LONG, Moses Pvt
2. AMBRESTER, Michael Pvt 24. MALCOLM, John Pvt
3. ANDERSON, Jos. Pvt 25. MANNON, John Pvt
4. ATCHLEY, Jos. Pvt 26. MAPLES, Ephraim Pvt
5. BLACK, Wi1liam Pvt 27. MAPLES, Thomas Pvt
6. BRYANT, William Pvt 28. MATHIS, Robert Pvt
7. CAMPBELL, Shadroack Pvt 29. NEWMAN, Isaac Pvt
8. CATLETE, Benjamin 1/Lt 30. OAKS, Isaac Pvt
9. CATLETT, John Pvt 31. OWENS, Steward Pvt
10. COTLETTE, Benjamin Pvt 32. PATE, Thomas Pvt
11. DICKMAN, William Pvt 33. PATERSON, John Pvt
12. EMMITT, Dan'l Pvt 34. ROPE, James W. Sgt
13. EVINS, John Pvt 35. ROUTH, Jeremiah Pvt
14. EWINS, Richard Pvt 36. ROUTH, Stephen Pvt
15. FRASIER, John Pvt 37. SHULL, Absolom Pvt
16. GRAVES, George Drummer 38. SHULL, Abraham Pvt
17. HENSON, Thomas Pvt 39. SMITH, William pvt
18. HICKMAN, William Pvt 40. SRADER, Christopher Pvt
19. HILL, Jonathan Cpl 41. THOMAS, Benjamin Pvt
20. KERR, Dan'l Sgt 42. TUCKER, CPL Cpl
21. KERR, Robert Pvt 43. WHITE, William Cpl
22. KERR, William Ensign
Information from the Adjutant General’s Office, Tennessee National Guard,
Nashville1 Tenn., rearranged and consolidated for the purposes of this book.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (36)
COMPANY OF MOUNTED GUNMEN
Designated: "The Separate Battalion of Mounted Gunmen'1
Russell's Battalion, Major William Russell
Dyer's Regiment, COl. Robert Dyer
Coffee's Cavalry Brigade, Tennessee Division
This company, officially known as "The Separate Battalion of Mounted Gunmen"
served from 28 September 1814 until 27 March 1815. They travelled 25 miles from
Shelbyville, Tenn. to Fayetteville, Tenn., where they were mustered into service.
The Separate Battalion was organized and commanded by Capt. Isaac Wi1liams, of
NAME & DATE OF ENLISTMENT RATING NAME & DATE OF ENLISTMENT RATING
1. ASHLEY, James, 9-28-14 Pvt 40.HOOVER, James, 10-6-14 Pvt
2. BAIRD, John, 9-28 2/Lt 41.HOLT, Henry 9-28 Pvt
3. BENJAMIN,Hsnry 9-28 Pyt 42.HOPKINS, Dennis 9-28 Pwt
4. BIZZLE, William 10-06 Pvt 43.HOWELL, Abner 9-28 Sgt
5. BOND, Nelson 10-06 Pvt 44.HOWELL, Jos. B. 9-28 Blacksmith
6. BRYANT,William I.11-15 Pvt 45.JACKSON, Roby 9-28 Saddler
7. BURKES, James 9-28 Pvt 46.JAMERSON, Robert 9-28 pVT
8. BURKS, LeRoy 9-28 Pvt 47.JOHNSON, Samuel 9-28 Pvt
9. BUSBY, Robert 9-28 Pvt 48.KINSEY* Benjamin 9-28 Pvt
10. BROWN, Solomon 9-28 Pvt 49.LEWIS, Joshua 3-28 Pvt
11. CALVERT, William 10-06 Pvt 50.MCCRAIG, Samuel 9-28 Pvt
12. CHILDRESS, Mitchell 9-28 Pvt 51.McGLAUGHLAN, Sam 9-28 Pvt
L3. CLARDY, Abraham 10-06 Pvt 52.McKEE, James 9-28 Pvt
14. CLARDY James 9-28 Pvt 53.McWHIRTER, Francis 9-28 Pvt
15. CLARDY, Richard 10-06 Pvt 54.MAY, Thomas 9-28 Blacksmth
l6. COTTEN, John 9-28 Pvt 55.MELTON, Michael 9-28 Pvt
17. COTTEBHAM,William 9-28 Pvt 56.Miller, Henry 10-06 Pvt
18. COX, James 9-28 Pvt 57.MORGAN, James 9-28 Farrier
19. DAVIS,_____ ** 9-28 Waiter 58.MORGAN, Joseph 10-06 Pvt
20. DAVIS, James*** 9-28 Pvt 59.NICHOLS, Thomas 9-28 Pvt
21. DEANE(Deen)William9-28 Pvt 60.PERKINS. William 10-06 Pvt
22. EDMONDSON, Robert 10-12 Pvt 61.BEADE, John 9-28 Pvt
23. ETHERIDGE,Jeremiah9-28 Pvt 62.RODGER, George 9-28 Pvt
24. EVANS(Evens),George 9-28 Pvt 63.RODGERS, Isaac 9-23 Pvt
25. FISHER, George 9-28 Cpl 64.RODGERS, Joseph 9-28 Pyt
26. FISHER, Michael 9-28 Sgt 65.RODGERS, Samuel 9-24 Cpl
27. FITCHE, John 9-28 Pvt 66.RODGERS,William 9-28 Pvt
28. FREEMAN, Isum 9-28 Pvt 67.RUSHING, John 9-28 Pvt
29. FULLER, Benjamin 9-28 Pvt 68.SELF,Ashburn 9-28 Pvt
30. GIBSON, William 9-28 Pvt 69.SHARP, William 9-28 Sgt
31. GOLSTON, Eli 9-28 Pvt 70.SMITHE, Nelson 10-06 Pvt
32. GOODALL, John T. 9-28 Pvt 71.TANKERSLEY,John B. 11-15 Pvt
33. HANDLEN, John 9-28 Pvt 72.TUPPIN, Mathew S. 10-06 Pvt
34. HARRIS, Dorrel 9-28 pvt 73.WALKER, Martin D. 10-02 PYt
35. HENSON, Thomas 10-06 Pvt 74.WELLS, John J. 9-28 Pvt
36. HERNES, James 9-28 Pvt 75.WILLBOTRN ,Johnson 10-06 Pwt
37. HICKS, John C. 10-16 Pvt 26.WILLIAMS, Elijah 10-06 pvt
38. HILL, Abraham 11-15 pvt 77.WILLIAMS, Ezekial 9-28 Pvt
39. HILL,John 11-15 Pvt ====================================
=================================== (In formation from the Adjutant
* Kiernsey )General’s Office, Tennessee Nat-
** Servant for Maj. Wm. Russell, ( ional Guard, Nashville, Tenn,
assigned to Capt. Williams ) Rearranged and consolidated for
*** Died Nov. 14, 1814 ( purposes of this book.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS PAY AND MUSTER ROLLS 36-A
Captain Isaac's old ledger has paid off: First from Nashville; now from
Washington. When this mimeograph job was half done, there arrived from the
National Archives, via Jason Adamson, photostats of Capt. Isaac's original pay
and muster rolls of Sevier county draftees. Every decipherable name in the old
book is verified. Some spellings differ, some readings are in error, but the
facts are there just as they were recorded in 1814 by his clerk and paymaster.
These rolls cover the entire period of the company's service, show names
(and numerous autographs), ratings, pay, date of joining and muster out, and
any special remarks. Each document carries 50 names, and they support each
other. Both show January 10th as original date of muster, and May 16th as final
date. Two men deserted in January two were furlowed and discharged at Fort
Ross in March. Several were mustered out at Fort Williams April 27th, some at
Fort Strother May and the rest at Nashville May 16th.
The pay scale is really something: Privates 8 dollars per month. musicians
(fife and drum) 9; corporals 10; sergeants 11. Officers did better: Ensign,
20; lieutenant 30; and captain 40 dollars. One man is credited with 8 days
service, but most served over three months, many 4 months and 7 days. Total
payroll for the campaign was $ 1719.26. Captain Isaac received -- shall we
say, the Lion's Share -- $169.03 for four months and seven days in the field
with this militia outfit
We have incorporated all important data from these two important documents
into one table, to supplement previously known activities of this company. The
Muster Roll is serialized 1 to 50, in a beautiful clerkly Spencerian hand, with
all names capitalized. The Payroll is serialized by rank and rate, and
exhibits many specimens of handwriting. Some autographs are by mark. The
table follows both spelling and capitalization as shown in both rolls.
These documents give us at least two additional field stations where this
company was on duty: Fort Williams and Fort Ross. No doubt both were temporary
forts or stations in the Creek country, named for officers in command. Perhaps
Fort Wil1iams was a station established by Capt. Isaac's own company, bearing
his name in tribute. Perhaps too this Fort Williams on the Coosa Indian
frontier was inspiration for the naming of Fort Williams later established on
the White River.
Date of enlistment for all men of this command was January 10th 1814, when
the company was mustered into Col. Samuel Bunch's Regiment of East Tennessee
Militia at Kingston.
Date of separation, and place separated or mustered out, is shown by the
following key, based on these two official War Department documents;
A. Last muster, May 16 1814 (at Nashville, Tenn.)
B. Last muster, April 26, at Fort Williams, Alabama
C. Last muster, May 1, at Fort strotber, Alabama
D. Discharged at Knoxville, January 16th.
E. Furlowed (and discharged) at Fort Ross, Alabama, March 6th.
F. Discharged at Fort Ross, March 9th.
G. Transferred January 31st, to Capt. Hawk's Company.
H. Received, February 1st, from Capt. Hawk's Company.
J. Deserted the Command between Kingston and Hiawassee Garrison
-- Moses Long, January 22; William Thomas January 23.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS 36-B
EAST TENNESSE MILITIA, 1814 DRAFT
Captain Isaac Williams's Company: Col. Samuel Bunch's Regiment
MUSTER ROLL, JAN. 10, 1814 PAY ROLL, MAY 16, 1814
Name and Rank Muster-Out Name, Rank and Rate of Pay
1. Isaac Williams Capt A 5-16 1. Isaac Williams Capt $40
2. John Catlete 1st Lt " 2. John Catlett 1st Lt 30
3. William Kerr Ensign B 4-26 3. william Kerr Ensign 20
4. Daniel Kerr Sgt A 5-16 1. Daniel Kerr Sgt 11
5. James Wilkosson " B 4-26 2. James Wilkosson " 11
6. William Bryant " A 5-16 3. William Bryant " 11
7. Jonathan Hill Cpl C 5- 1 1. Jonathan hill Cpl 10
8. William Tucker " B 4-26 2. william tucker " 10
9. William white " A 5-16 3. william white " 10
10. George Grove Drummer B 4-26 1. George grove Drummer 9
11. Simon Adams Fifer C 5- 1 2. Simon adams Fifer 9
12. Michael Ambrester Pvt A 5-16 1. michael amBrester Pvt 8
13. Joseph Atchley " “ 2. Joseph atchiey " 8
14. Joseph Anderson " D 1-16 3. Joseph anderson " 8
15. Drura Braadayway " C 5- 1 4. Drura Braadayway " 8
16. William Black " A 5-16 5. william Black " 8
17. Richard Cattlett " B 4-26 6. Richard Cattlett " 8
18. Benjamin Cattiett " “ 7. Benjamin Catlett " 8
19. John Evins " C 5- 1 8. John evins " 8
20. Frederick Emmit " B 4-26 9. frederick emmett " 8
21. Daniel Emmit " A 5-16 10. Daniel emmett " 8
22. Richard Evins " " 11. Richard Evens " 8
23. William Foster " " 12. william foster " 8
24. John Frasier " " 13. John frasier " 8
25. William Hickman " " 14. william Hickman " 8
26. Robert Kerr " B 4-26 15 Robert Kcrr " 8
27. John Lindsey " A 5-16 16. Johniifldsey " 8
28. Moses Long " J 1-22 17. moses Long " 8
29. Ephraim Maples " A 5-16 18. Ephram maples " 8
30. Thomas Mapies " E 3- 6 19. Thomas maples " 8
31. John Matson " A 5-16 20. John matson " 8
32. John Malcom " " 21. John malcom " 8
33. Robert Mathis " " 22. Robert mathis " 8
34. John Mannon " " 23. John mannon " 8
35. Isaac Newman " " 24. Isaac Newman " 8
36. Isaic Oaks " B 4-26 29. Isaac onkes " 8
37. Steward Owens " A 5-16 26. Steward owans " 8
33. John Patterson " C 5- 1 27. John paterson " 8
39. Thomas Pate " C 5- 1 28. Thomas Pate " 8
40. John Richards " A 5-16 29. John Richards " 8
41. Jeremiah Routt " C 5- 1 30. Jeremiah Routt " 8
42. Stephen Routt " B 4-26 31. Stephen Routt " 8
43. Abraham Shull " C 5- 1 32. abraham Shull " 8
44. William Smith " " 33. William smith " 8
45. Christopher Brader " F 3- 9 34. Christopher Srader " 8
46. Benjamin Thomas " A 5-16 35. Benjamin Thomas " 8
47. Wulliam Thomas " J 1-23 36. william Thomas " 8
48. William Trull " G 1-31 37. william trull " 8
49. James Williams " A 5-16 38. James Williams " 8
50. George Wilkosson " HA 5-16 39. George Wilkosson " 8
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THE GRAND CHILDREN
OF CAPTAIN WILLIAMS
Do not let yourself become mystified over these cryptic, magic numbers.
They are of genea1ogical significance only. The first in the line is Number 1.
His children are numbered serially, from the oldest to the youngest. If he has
nine children, the oldest will be No. 11, the youngest No. 19. If there are
more than nine, the serial will read No. 1.10, 1.11, etc. Each child of each
succeeding generation will be numbered the same way, and his or her family
number will make an additional unit. Thus the genealogical number fixes the
order of birth and the number of the generation. This is how it works:
1. Richard the First of Gwynedd
11. Wi1liam Wi11iams, of Cane Creek, b. 1719
112. Isaac Williams, Sr., of NC and Tenn., born 1742
1127. Captain Isaac Williams, born 1779
11271 Laban Williams 1802-1815 Died in Tennessee
11272 +Garrett G. Williams 1804-1887 Married Lucy Kern
11273 +Richard Williams 1806-1880 Married Abigail Kern
11274 +Louisa M. Wi11iams 1808-1833 Married Samuel Rubottom
11275 +Pryor L. Williams 1810-1846 Married Anna Kern
11276 +Mahala Williams 1812-1853 Married Eli Kern
11277 Andrew Jackson Williams 1814-1875 No issue
11278 +James Dixon Williams 1816-1856 Married Cytha Cox
11279 Abel Williams 1817-1839 Died young; no issue
1127.l0 Ahinoam Williams 1819-1820 Died in infancy
1127.ll +Elkanah Williams 1822-1888 m. 1) Sarah Farmer
2) Sarah McGrew
1127.12 +Bartimus Williams 1825-1882 m. 1) Rebecca Armstrong
2) Ange1ine Hammersy
3) Rachel McDonald
1127.13 Cornelia Williams 1828-1882 m. James Boyd; no issue
(+)This mysterious hieroglyphic indicates a family record will follow, further
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THEY LEFT NO ISSUE
Captain Isaac's Alpha and Omega -- first and last born -- and three others out of
thirteen children, left no issue, They were:
11271 Laban. Born 1802 on Washington's Birthday, in Jefferson county, Tenn.
; died in Sevier county, Oct. 25, 1815.
11277 Andrew Jackson. Born June 5, 1814, in Tennessee; died Indiana,
December 23, 1875.
11279 Abel. First native “Hoosier”!. Lies beside Capt. Isaac at Old
Union. Epitaph: "Oct. 21, 1839, Age 21Y llM 28D”
1127.10 Ahinoam. Lived exactly one year. Died November 15, 1820 and was
buried at Old Union.
1127.13 Cornelia. Born June 27, 1828; died June 1, 1882. Married James Boyd,
Feb. 22, 1847, without issue.
LABAN WILLIAMS, GETTYSBURG HERO
An entry in the Hatfield Bible Record identifies (erroniously) Captain Isaac's
Laban with Laban the son of Garrett and Lucy, who died at Gettysburg. There is a Civil
War Marker at Old Union for five men of Company D., 27th Indiana Volunteers, who gave
their lives during the Civil War: Jehu Davis, George Phillips; Adam K., Eldridge and
Laban Williams. Adam died Dec. 9, 1861. Eldridge succombed Nov. 13, 1862, to wounds
received at Antietam. Laban was killed in action, at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. Adam
and Laban were brothers.
(The history of the Ind 27th and Company D are well documented in several places
including the book “Giants in the Cornfield” by Wilbur D. Jones,1997 ISBN 1572490152.
Several references related to Williams family members)
OLD HICKORY'S NAMESAKE
Captain Isaac was mustered out after the Creek War in May, 1814,at Nashville,
over 250 miles from home, as the trails ran. He was to be cheered by a bright new face
shortly after his arrival. The baby was born June 5, 1814, on the French Broad farm.
Capt. Isaac and his family promptly named him for the great General Andrew Jackson.
He never married. He thought more of raising corn and hogs and blooded stock
than a family squealing kids. "Skin and save was the advice he gave young "Kanie" in
1857, when Dr. Elkanah, fresh back from medical schools in Europe, opened his eye
practice in Cincinnati
Uncle Jack practiced what he preached, too, for three years later when he
reported his ho1dings to the Census Marshal, he valued his property at $22,735 and his
personality at $15,000. Which was a "right peart" farm for a dirt farmer to be paying
taxes on in those pioneering days in Hoosierland.
Although Uncle Jack had no family of his own to look after, he generously helped
his widowed sister Cytha (Cox) Williams in the rearing of her family after the death of
her husband, James "Dick" Williams. Beulah Thompson got this story from Roxie Hatfield
of Bedford, who in turn had it from her father Isaac, the son of Uncle Bart.
Wrote Beulah: "Uncle Jack helped my great-grandmother, Cytha Cox Williams, raise
her family. Her farm was on White River two miles east of Williams and about a half
mile from us. The Williams farm called Hurricane was some 20 miles down the river. He
would mount his trusty steed and speed away from one place to the other, if provoked
about something, or the boys played a joke on him. Once at Cytha's he had a bad
toothache. He sat on a straight-back chair, tipped back the wall behind the kitchen
door. The children, playing and running through the house, were having a wild time.
One of them slammed the door against Uncle Jack's jaw, and he let out a yell! “Will
Hell never take a recess around here?" he growled; then stomped outside, saddled his
horse, and headed for "Hurricane".
(The “Hurricane Farm” is still owned by Ruth (Williams) Dye and her son Bart. Ruth is a grand daughter of
the Uncle Bart [1127.12] of this book.)
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11272. GARRETT GIBSON WILLIAMS
Son of Captain Isaac Williams and Amelia Gibson
Born Nov. 18, 1804, Sevier County, Tennessee, on French Broad River.
Died Nov. 13, 1887 (Epitaph), Lawrence County, Indiana
Married, March 19, 1829, Lucy, daughter of Abraham Kern and Susan Wilson;
marriage performed by Elder Kern. She was born in Nicholas Co.,
Ky., April 6, 1810; and died Dec. 15, 1892.
Garrett and Lucy are buried side by side at Mount Olive.
1.+Clarissa Wil1iams born May 11, 1830; died Apr.20,1871
m. 1) pleasant Bowman m. 2) George Phillips
2.+Louis B. Williams born July 20, 1831; died 9-12-1898
m. 1) Sarah E. Hays m. 2) Sarah McDona1d-Honey
3. Celia Williams born March 10, 1833; died 11-3-1923
m. Michael Stipp Jan. 15, 1867, without issue
4.+Cytha Williams born Oct. 8, 1834; died May 17,1880
m. Milton McKee, Feb. 2, 1853
5. Adam K. Williams born June 15, 1836; d. Dec. 9, 1861
“Died of measles, near Frederick City, Md: while in the Army.
6. Laban Williams born Dec. 17, 1837; d. July 3, l863
Killed in Action at the Battle of Gettysburg. No issue.
7.+Ambrose Williams born May 11, 1839; d. Sept. 15,1881
m. Eliza A., dau. of George W. Cox
8. Jackson Williams (infant) born Oct. 18, 1840; d. Oct.17, 1841
9. Daniel Boone Williams born Dec. 1, 1842; d. Nov. 5, 1876
Wounded, Battle of Gettysburg; died, Anaheim, Calif. No issue
l0.+Emilia Williams born Nov. 1, 1844; d. 1921, Jul 14
Married Wm. F. Mitchell (1844-1913) son of John M. Mitche1l
l1.+Zachary Taylor Wil1iams born Feb. 8, 1847; d. Sept. 9, l906
Married Sarah J. Witsman
12. Rebecca Williams (child) born Jan. 27, 1849; d. Oct. 20,1852
13.+Clarinda Williams born Aug. 20, 1851; died 10-11-1924
Married "Love”(Gottlieb?) Bossert
14.+Ema1ine F. Williams born April 17, 1853; died Jan.lO,l895
Married Theodore ("Dode") Short
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(Uncle Bart’s House was
razed once it’s foundation
became unstable. The
“spring house” section
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11273. RICHARD WILLIAMS
Son of Captain Isaac Wi1liams and Amelia Gibson
Born August 16, 1806, Sevier County, Tenn.
Died August 10, 1880, Lawrence co., Indiana
Married Nov. 12, 1829, Abigail, daughter of Abraham Kern and
Susan Wilson. Ceremony performed by bride's father Elder Kern
She was born Nov. 13, 1811, Bourbon Co., Ky.; died Oct.7,1893 in Lawrence
county. She came to Indiana with her family in
1816. Richard Williams came in 1817.
They were buried side by side at Mt. Olive Cemetery, of which congregation they
were charter members.
1.+Ahinoam Williams born Sept. 27, 1830; d. Sept. 5,1851
Married William Withers April 2, 185 (Epitaph; Apr. 3)
2. Asenath Williams (infant) born Sept. 26, 1832; d. Dec. 5, 1833
3.+Commodore Perry Williams born July 20, 1834; d. Jan.14, 1898
Married Elizabeth S. Chase (l840-1916), dau. of Bayliss Chase
4. +Canaan Williams born Oct. 31, 1836; d. Oct. 12,1920
m. 1) E1izabeth Jane Hastings; m. 2) Miranda Mosier
5.+Susan Williams born Sept. 24, 1838; died 1934
Married Hollis H. Chase, son of Bayliss Chase and Susan Howard
6. Mahalia Williams born Jan. 5, 1840; died Apr.13,186?
m. A. D. Hinshaw, as his first wife, without issue.
7.+Miscena Rebecca Williams born Dec. 31, 1842; died _________
m. Jacob Bossert Apr. 26, 1868, b. Germany, 1837; Civ.War Vet
8. Cornelia Ann Williams born March 8, 1845; d. Feb. 4, 1934
m. A. D. Hinshaw, 1870, as his second wife; no issue
9.+Tilghman H. Williams born June 26, 1847; d. July 27, 1930
m. Josephine McClung, November 4, 1873
Daughter of John McClung and Lydia Scott
Born May 6., 1852; died April 22, 1896
10.Olevia Jane Williams born Feb. 27, 1850; died ________
m. James Leonard, Oct. 11, 1874; removed to Oregon
11. Infant son born & died March 9, 1852
12+William Mathes Williams born April 6, 1854 died 7-11-1933
m. 1) Flora I. Short (1855-1899), December 9, 1876
m. 2) Kate Williams of Salem, June 12, 1902, who died
m. 3) Belle Pinic (1868-1926) of Orange county, Aug.25, 1923.
13. Infant son b&d Nov. 1856
The Richard Williams home and farm were at old Port Williams,
where Richard built his big house on the site of an old Indian fort.
All the family belonged to the Port Williams Christian Church, but later became
identified with Mount Olive.
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11274. LOUISA M. WILLIAMS--RUBOTTOM
Daughter of Captain Isaac Williams and Amelia Gibson
Born, June 15, 1808, in Sevier county, Tenn.
Died, Nov. 1833, in Lawrence Co., Ind. (Probably buried, with her husband,
in the little Cox Cemetery, near Williams.)
Married, June 26, 1823 (by Robert Gorton, JP) Samuel Rubottom, son of
Simon Rubottom and E1izabeth Dunn.
1. Delilah Rubottom born Oct. 20, 1824; no further record
2. Eliza Rubottom born May 30, 1826; nfr
3. Elkanah Rubottom born July 28, 1828; died March 2, 1850
Burial at Cox Cemetery; Marker.
4. Squire Rubottom born died _______
5. Miriam Rubottom Grave in Cox Cemetery with marker and
illegible date -- probably 1852.
Information on this family is very sketchy and incomplete. We are not
positive that all the above are children of Samuel and Louisa or that there
were not others. We do not know whether Louisa has today any living
descendants; or whether any of the above had issue.
RUBOTTOM OF NORTH CAROLINA
We have compiled this basic information on Rubottom from a variety of
sources, but principally from North Carolina Quaker records.
There is an old Quaker cemetery called Napton in Chatham county, NC, one
corner of which is full of Rubottoms. Two of the graves house Thomas Rubottom
and his wife Phebe Dixon. They had at least two children: Hannah, who married
Samuel Dowd, an administrator of estates; and Simon, a famous gunsmith of Siler
City. About 1790, Simon married Elizabeth Dunn--out of unity. Elizabeth was
immediately disowned by the Cane Creek Meeting. But when her son Joseph was
born, she appeared before the meeting, condemned her conduct, and was
reinstated. Simon and his son Joseph were later received in membership.
Simon Rubottom--ISSUE--Elizabeth Dunn
1. Joseph Rubottom, born about 1792; married, 1813, Hannah Cox
2. Jane Rubottom, b. Dec. 23, 1793; married William Cox, 1813
3. Mary Rubottom, b. about 1795; married ? Dixon, 1809.
4. George Rubottom, b. about 1796; married Miriam Dixon 2-l6-18l7
5. Thomas Rubottom, b. about 1798; married Edith Dixon 4-10-1817
The census of 1820 lists eight others (statistics, not names):
3 sons between 16 and 26; 2 sons and one dau. between 10 and 16; one son and
one daughter under 10. Doubtless all were born in North Carolina. Doubtless
also, Samuel who married Louisa Dixon is one of those three sons between 16 and
26 in the year 1820.
Simon took his family from Chatham Co., NC to Lawrence Co., Ind. in 1815.
In 1817, Thomas and George took certificates from the Lick Creek Meeting to
Cane Creek with release to marry Edith and Miriam Dixon. Cane Creek granted
the dispensation, and they were married with the blessings of the church. Then
they returned to Indiana, and in 1820 they were listed as heads of families,
neighbors to Simom. Edith and Miriam Dixon, their wives, were daughters of
Nathan and Sarah (Winters) Dixon. Simon Rubottom is famous in Lawrence county
annals for having erected the first grist mill on White River, 1821.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (42)
11275. PRYOR L WILLIAMS
Son of Captain Isaac Williams and Ame1ia Gibson
Born Jan. 22, 1810, in Sevier county, Tenn.
Died, Sept. 1, 1846, Lawrence county, In.; buried at Old Union
Married, July 7, 1831, Anna Kern, daughter cf Abraham Kern and Susan
Wilson. Her father, Elder Kern, tied the knot. She was born April
7, 1815 in Nicholas Co., Ky., and rode into Lawrence county on a
sled, in the hard winter of 1815-16. She died Jan. 11, 1895, and is
buried at Mount Olive Cemetery
After the death of Pryor Williams, she married, 1851, Daniel Hall -- a
widower with two minor children. By him she had four more children,
whose names are listed below.
1. Rhoda Williams born March 20, 1832; died Oct. 17,1846
2. Isaac Wi1liams born Dec. 28, 1833; died ____________
No issue. He was an old bachelor. Went to Califernia in the Gold Rush,
and then on to Oregon. He was an enthusaistic Mason, and became Grand
Master in Royal Arch masonry in Oreg. After the Civil War he was in
Texas, participating in the early cattle drives to Dodge City and Abilene.
And then he filed on land in the Cottonwood Valley -- and talked his
brother Jim into heading for Kansas.
3.+Abraham Williams born Sept. 16, 1835; died August 6,191?
Married Belle Williams. Became an eye specialist, with Dr. Elkanah
Williams as his mentor. Practiced in St. Louis.
4.+ Christopher Columbus Williams born July 31, 1837; d. Jan. 29,l885
Married Elizabeth Anne, dau of Wm. McBride Embree. Went to Chase
county, Kansas, 1882.
5.+Jane K. Williams born Nov. 20, 1839; died Jan. 28, 1938
Married Lewis M. Reynolds, March 22, l863.
6. James K. Polk Williams born Jan. 28, 1844; died. Nov. 28, 1917
Married Marie Antoinette Reed, dau. of John Reed and Mary Frances
Milner. She was born Sept. 15, 1846; d. Aug.27,1917
7.+Lucy Ellen Wi11iams born March 5, 1847; died May 30, 1914
Married Elijah, son of William Crawford and Jane Morrow.
Of this family, only Jane K. and Lewis Reynolds remained in Lawrence
county. Abram went to St. Louis to practice. Isaac, James K., Christopher C.,
and Lucy Crawford, all migrated to Kansas and established homes in the
Cottonwood Valley of Chase and Marion counties.
ANNA KERN'S SECOND FAMILY
(Married Daniel Hall)
1. Thomas Hall, stepson, age 7 in 1851
2. Emily Hall, stepdaughter, age 4 in 1851
3. William T. Hall, b. 1852, married Alice Faite
4. Elcaney Hall, b. 1853
5. Susan Hall
6. Laura B. Hall, b. 1857, married Harvey Malott: both buried at
b. 11-28-57; d. 8-8-l914 b. 5-20-50; d.8-3-1920 (old Union
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QUARTET OF PRYOR’S GRANDCHILDREN
Topeka, Kansas: 1905
Four of the Six Children of:
CHRISTOPHER C. WILLIAMS and ELIZABETH ANNE EMBREE
Left to right:
Nellie Belle (Emerson) b. 1875; Franklin E. 1872
Anne E.(Dwelle) b 1869 Henry E. 1862
= = =
Nellie Williams-Emerson (1-25-1875) is the oldest
Living descendant of Captain Isaac Williams. The
Runner-up is Walter G. Williams, born 2-26-1875
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (43)
OF PRYOR WILLIAMS
== ===== ========
In view of the very considerable volume of family records we have received
since the issuance of the "Pryor Wi1liams" brochure nearly four years ago, we
take this opportunity to circulate an "errata" sheet for corrections and
additions thereto. There were some evident typographic and editorial errors;
and some also due to faulty or limited information. Those of you who have the
former brochure should make the following changes:
Page 3: CHART: (1) Jacob Overman: Scratch "German immigrants' and insert “From
Wethersfield, Mass." Note: Dorothea was 2nd wife and not mother to the
children named. (2) Richard Wi1liams m. 7-10-17 Margaret "Eaton, Widow".
(3) Pike: Change "Abigail" to "Rachel”. (3½) Under Amelia Gibson: "1802"
should be 1801; Cocke Co. should be “East" Tenn. (4) Abram Kern ancestry:
Page 6: Kern Ancestry may be in error, as there is evidence that the father of
Elder Abram Kern may have been Adam instead of Abram II
Page 7: Jacob Overman: (5) Scratch (in Germany) and insert "in New England,
2nd". (6) Insert, "Children were by first wife, name not available".
Page 10: Richard Williams: (7) Add after "Eaton" “m. at Guinedd,1717"
(8) Under William, "Son of William" should be "Son of Richard".
(9) 7th child Rachel m. “Joshua" instead of Josiah Chamness.
Page 11: Isaac Wi1liams Sr.: (l0) The date 5-8-1789 should be "8-5-1789" in 3
places: 5th line from top and children 10 & 11, Priscilla and Mary. (11)
Sixth child Rachel married "Thomas" instead of "Byrd D" Adamson.
Page 13: Isaac Williams, Jr: (12) Isaac Williams's death, 2nd line should be
"2-13-1856" instead of "about 1864/5". (13) Third and 4th lines, and
wherever occurring, "Lost Springs" should be "Lost Creek". (14) Next to
last paragraph, "Byrd" Adamson should be "Thomas".
Page 17: Note on Williams Clan in Kansas:
Since publication of this brochure, the Williams Clan in Kansas, through
its historian, Mrs. Natalie Wheeler, Route 2, Marion, Kansas, has compiled a
nearly complete list of the descendants of Pryor Williams and Anna Kern to and
(This reunion continues in 2002 in the Marion, Kansas area.)
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (44)
11276. MAHALA WILLIAMS-KERN
Daughter of Captain Isaac Williams and Amelia Gibson
Born April 2, 1812, in Sevier county, Tennessee
Died May 3, 1853, in Lawrence county, Ind.; buried at Old Union
Married, Feb. 2, 1832, Eli, son of Abram Kern and Susan Wilson.
Ceremony performed by his father, Elder Abram Kern. Eli Kern
was born in Kentucky, July 15, l8l3, and died Jan. 13, 1856,
at Bedford, Ind. Interment at Old Union.
l.+Cornelius Kern born Jan. 14, 1833; died 2-27-1896
Married Melvina Sears, daughter of David Sears
and (Rainey) Morris. She was born Oct. 30, 1838; m. Nov. 29,1855.
2.+Isaac Kern born 7-27-1834; died July 7, 1928
Married Hannah Parr, 1861: b.l-19-1834; d. 3-5-1901
3. Rebecca Kern born 1835; d. ll-l6-l859 no issue Buried at
4. Abraham Kern born 1836; d. _________; no issue
5.+Pryor Kern born 1838; d. May, 1899; burial Green Hill
Married Mary Francis Romine, Oct. 26, l873 (Bedford
6. Abbie Kern born 1839; d. 5-8-1856; no issue. Burial at
7. +Melvin Kern, d. Oct. 29,1916 *** m. _______ Clark
KERNS IN LAWRENCE COUNTY
In 1820, when the first US Census was taken there, there were two Kern
families in Lawrence county: those of Abram and William Kern. They were
neighbors as well as brothers, William a few years older. Abram, the Dunkard
Preacher, was born in 1786 in North Carolina.
In 1850, when the age and nativity of each individual was recorded there
were nine Kern families. Forty-six of the name were reported, with ages
ranging from one month to 64 years. Nativity: Pennsylvania, 1; Tennessee 1;
North Carolina 2; Kentucky 6; and Indiana 36. We have been able to identify
all but two of these census families:
N A M E AGE NATIVITY NO. IN IDENTIFIED:
Abraham 64 NC 2 The Dunkard Elder
Alexander I. 48 NC 6 No
Benjamin 32 Ind 6 Son of William
Edward 43 Ky 8 No
Eli 38 Ky 8 Son of Abraham
Jacob 21 Ind 3 Son of William
John Sr. 28 Ind 4 Son of Abraham
Noah 32 Ind 6 Son of William
Peter 27 Ind 4 Son of William
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11278. JAMES DIXON WILLIAMS
Son of Captain Isaac Williams and Amelia Gibson
Born March 3, 1816, in Sevier county, Tenn. Captain Isaac's last
Died, April 28, 1856, Lawrence Co., Ind.; buried at Old Union
Married _________ , Cytha, daughter of William Cox and Jane Rubottom. She
was born Feb. 12, 1820, and died April 19, 1906 interment in
Williams Church of Christ Cemetery.
1. Eldridge Williams born June 2, 1839, Lawrence Co. Died Nov. 13, 1862, in
Seminary Hospital, Frederick, Md. He was a Pvt., Co. D, 27th In. Vols.
Participated in the sanguinary Battle of Antietam, and was fatally
wounded. See, Cabinet of Correspondence, Part IV: Letter from Eldridge to
Aunt Sally, and letters from Elkanah and Aunt Sally to Abram.
2.+Louisa Williams born July 20, 1841; died May 28, 1916
Married, Dec. 15, 1858, Wesley Rout, son of Lewis Rout and Sarah Bryant.
He was born Nov. 27, 1828, and died Mch.lO,1903
3.+Rufus Williams born March 9, 1843; died Oct. 11, 1926
Married Susan J. Kern (b. 1846), daughter of Albert Kern and Elizabeth
Hutton. Buried at St. Petersburg, Fla.
4.+Minerva Williams born April l0, 1845; died Feb. 16, 1903
Married George W. Kern son of John R. Kern and Mahala Adamson He was
born Aug. 17, l845; died Oct. 21, 1927
5.+Emily Williams born April 20, 1847; died Sept. 22, 1926
Married David L. Kern, son of Albert Kern and Elizabeth Hutton. He was
born March 20, 1842; and died Feb. 8, 1928
6.+Jacob Giles Williams born Feb. 9, 1849; d.June 4, l928
M. l-4-1887,Alice Roark-Hendrickson (1860-1909). She is buried at Mt.
Olive; he at Williams Church of Christ Cemetery.
7.+ Cyrena Williams born April 20 1851; died ________
Married David L. Sears (b. l849) son of Adam Sears and Rebecca Wright.
8. Michael Elijah Williams born 1853; died 1882
Married Mary A. Boyd; no issue. She was the daughter of Jesse Boyd and
Martha Hollowell. They were married Dec. 21, 1880.
9.+Daniel Webster Williams born Feb. 26, 1856; died Sept. 17, 1888; burial at
Mount Olive. Married Talitha Craig
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1127.11 DR. ELKANAH WILLIAMS
Son of Captain Isaac Williams and Amelia Gibson
Born December 19, 1822, in Lawrence county, Indiana
Died Oct. 5, 1888, at Hazelwood, Penna.; interment at Cincinnati, Ohio (as
per obituary in Cincinnati Inquirer, 10-6-1888)
Married, 1st, Dec. 23, 1847, Sarah L. Farmer, dau. of ___________ and
__________ of Bedford. She was born April 28, 1826, and died August
2, 1851; burial at Old Shiloh Cemetery
Married, 2nd, Sarah B. McGrew, dau. of ____________ and ______________ She
was born __________ and died ___________
Elkanah Williams and Sarah Farmer
1. Clara E. Williams born Oct. 28, 1848; died Nov. 25, 1853;
Buried at Old Shiloh beside her mother.
2.+Mary Belle Williams born, Bedford, Ind., about 1850
Married Henry Hill Sturges
No issue by 2nd marriage to Sarah McGrew
NOTE: In Part IV, following, you will find an obituary and biography of
Dr. Elkanah Williams, together with a cabinet of personal correspondence which
is both enlightening and delightful to read.
The obituary states that his remains were brought to Cincinnati for
burial. The City Manager of Cincinnati states that the Department of Vital
Statistics has no record of such burial.
QUERY: Where is the grave of America's First Eye Specialist?
(Reproduction note: This question is answered in the Postscript & Preface of this book.)
Inasmuch as we have received no further data on the descendants Of Dr.
Elkanah Wil1iams, we shall complete his record here. We hope someone in
Lawrence County will be able to contact his descendants, if any survive, so
that the record may be brought down to date.
1127.11.2 MARY BELLE WILLIAMS=STURGES
Daughter of Dr. Elkanah Williams and Sarah L. Farmer
Born in Bedford, Indiana, about 1850 or '51; died
Married ___________ Henry Hill Sturges
1. Henry Hale Sturges
2. Paul Sturges
3. Roscoe Sturges
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` Bedford, Elkanah Williams
One of the first eye
and ear specialists In the
United States was born near
Bedford. He was first pro
fessor of ophthalmology and
aural surgery in the United
States and one of the first
in America to use the oph
thalmoscope. He was presi
dent of the Arnerican Oph
halmological Society and
(Reproduction editor note: The original of this page appeared as a copy of a unidentified newspaper
or magazine clipping regarding Dr. Elkanah Williams)
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1127.12 BARTIMUS WILLIAMS
Son of Captain Isaac Williams and Amelia Gibson
Born, Feb. 11, 1825, in Lawrence county, Indiana
Died June 1, 1882, and is buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Married three times:
1st, Oct. 8, 1850, to Rebecca D. Armstrong, who died without issue
2nd, 9-11-1862 to Emily Angeline Hammersley; she was born Nov. 7,
l835; died August 26, 1872 and is buried at Mt. Olive with
3rd, June 17, 1875, to Rachel L. McDonald; born April 17,1847; died
Nov. 2, 1895; buried at Mt. Olive.
Bartimus Williams and Angeline Hammersley
l.+Isaac Wil1iams born Jan. 2, 1870; died Jan. 1, 1936
Married Nov. 11, 1889, Lola Kern, dau. of David L. Kern and Emily
Williams. She was born March 16, 1872
Bartimus Williams and Rachel McDonald
2.+Cornelia Williams born Sept. 22 1876. Still with us, 1963
Married Walter A. Jones, son of John L, Jones, Aug. 10, 1898.
3.+Zipporah Williams born July 15, 1878. Still with us, 1963
Married E1za Smith at Williams, Oct. 3, 1896.
4. Richard Garfield Williams, born Aug. 25, 1880; died April 12, l899.
5.+Bartimus L. Williams born Feb. 25, 1883; died 1961, burial at Mt. Olive
Married pearl Baker March 3, 1902; issue.
How many pillars the Mt. Olive Church had in the old days is a moot
question. If there was ever only one, Uncle Bart was it. Reference to an old
ledger kept by his father, Captain Isaac, tells the story:
Entry: "Deed for Mt. Olive Church property made Feb. 8, 1870 by Bartimus
Williams and his wife; Emily A. Williams, William N. Hinshaw. Arthur D.
Hastings, Lewis Sr. Williams, and Bartimus Williams and their successors as
trustees to hold for the purposes of a church." The church was built in 1871.
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1967 Edition: The Answer to
Query No. 1, below:
( Grave 138, Lot 46 )
( Spring Grove Cemetery )
( Spring Grove Ave. ) Was
( Cincinnati, Ohio. ) given
( = = = = = = = = = by
(Mrs Donald Wade
(= = = = = = = =
"To Keep his Memory Green!"
DR. ELKAHAH WILLIAMS
Of all of the grand children of Captain Isaac Williams and Amelia Gibson
the grandest, perhaps, was Doctor Elkanah. Affectionately known to his family
and friends as "Caney" or "Kanie", he certainly deserves the most attention
from historians. He pioneered in this country in the field of eye and ear
medicine and surgery. He was the first American physician to make a specialty
of the diseases of the eye. And he was the first in any American medical
college to occupy & chair in ophthalmology.
He authored numerous treatises on diseases of the eye, and treatment of the
sane. Some where in family or medical archives there is a collection of his
writings made by his widow, Sarah McGrew=Williams following his death.
Captain Isaac's descendants want to know two things about their illustrious
Query 1: Where is Elkanah Williams buried? Somewhere in Cincinnati or
somewhere back home in Indiana"?
Query 2: Where is the historic collection of his writings, which Dr.
Thomas R. Shastid described in the American Encylopedia of
Opthalmology? Is it buried somewhere in family collections? or has
it found its place in some museum or reference library?
If you, who read this tribute to the memory of Dr. Elkanah Williams, this
country's pioneer in ophthalmology, can answer either of these queries, please
Ben and Alice Dixon
6008 Arosa Street, San Diego 15, California
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (49)
DR. ELHANAH WILLIAMS
Synopsis of his Life and.Works
1822: Born, Lawrence county, Indiana, son of Capt. Isaac Williams Education:
Common schools, and Bedford Academy
1847: Graduated Asbury (Depauw) University
Teacher, common schools
Married Sarah Farmer of Bedford; she died in 1851
1850: MD Degree, University of Louisville
General practice at Bedford; graduate studies at Louisville
1852: Opened practice in Cincinnati
Married Sarah MoGrew
1853: To Europe for special studies in oto-laryngology; 18 months in Paris;
London, Moorfields; Prague, Vienna, Berlin.
1855: Opened special eye-and-ear practice, Cincinnati
Established charity clinic at Miami Medical College
1860: Occupied Chair in Ophthalmology, Miami Medical-- 1st in U.S.
l861-65: Asst. Surgeon, U.S.Marine Hospital Service, Civil War
1862: Attended Paris Medical Congress
1862-72: Ophthalmic Surgeon, Commercial Hospital, Cincinnati
1867-73: Co-Editor, Cincinnati Lancet and Observer
1872: Attended London Medical Congress
1875: President Ohio Medical Society
1876: President American Ophthalmological Society,
and New York Ophthalmic Congress
1886: Retirement; Alabama (Mobile) residence
1887: Retirement; Southern California (Los Ange1es) residence
1888: Death, Oct. 5th at Hazelwood, Pennsylvania
Remains to Cincinnati for interment (says Enquirer, 10-6-88)
Survived by widow, Sarah McGrew-Williams, and daughter, Mary Belle
Interment: Grave l38, Lot 48, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (50)
DR. E. WILLIAMS IS DEAD
Cincinnati ) ( October
Enquirer) One of the Most Eminent of Oculists ( 6, 1888
He Introduced the Use of the Ophthalmoscope
The Life Work of a Brilliant Light in the Medical Profession
Dr. E. Williams, the celebrated occulist, of this city, is dead. He died yesterday
at Hazelwood, Penn., at the home of his friend, Rev. H. D. Walter. His death was not
unexpected. About two years ago he was afflicted with an incurable affection of the
Since then he has not practiced his profession. Instead, he has been travelling
over the country in search of health accompanied by his wife. Winter before last he
spent in Mobile, Ala. Then he went to Los Angeles, Cal. From there he went to the
East, and remained there until his death.
With the passing away of Dr. Williams the medical profession loses one of its
brightest lights, and the world one of its most distinguished men, in his particular
specia1ty. He was born in Indiana sixty years ago, and was educated there until he
began the study of medicine. This he did at Louisville, Ky., and graduated from the
college there. After practicing for a time in Indiana he went to Europe and continued
his studies in Germany and France. He mastered the languages of each of those
countries. About 1854 he returned and began the practice of his profession in this
city, where he remained until overcome by the affliction which caused his death.
+++ A WONDERFUL CAREER +++
In the medical world Dr. Williams stood for years at the head of the oculists. He
was in Europe when Helmholtz discovered the ophthalmoscope, and he was the first one to
introduce its use and application in England. The Doctor was placed in charge of the
eye and ear clinic in the greatest London medical college, and his fame soon became
world wide. He was the father of ophthalmology in the United States. When he
advocated separate treatment and scientific consideration of diseases of the eye and
ear, the old practitioners laughed at him, but he lived to see his claims recognized.
The distinguished man was the author of many able papers on the treatment of the eye
and ear, and he was untii a short time before his illness a valued
+++ CONTRIBUTOR TO MEDICAL JOURNALS +++
Of this country. He made three trips to Europe, and was received with distinguished
consideration. Dr.Wi1liams received some very large fees, and he frequently treated
the needy and poor for nothing. People came from all parts of the world to consult
him. A well-known Cincinnatian who was in Paris several years ago, while talking to a
French physician, happened to mention Cincinnati. "Ah," remarked the Frenchman, do you
know Dr. Williams, the great occulist who lives there?”
The eminent dead occupied his office on Eighth street, between Vine and Walnut,
for more than thirty years. It is said he affected
+++ HUNDREDS OF WONDERFUL CURES +++
His skill with the knife was remarkable, and he could perform the most delicate
operation successfully. For several years past, Doctor Wil1iams was associated with
Dr. S.C. Ayres and Dr. Eric E. Sattler.
Dr. Williams was honored by foreign medical societies with honorary membership as
much as any other American. In 1876 he was the President of the Medical Congress that
assembled in this city. In his specialty as an oculist he was a recognized authority
the world over.
He leaves a widow surviving him. The Remains will be brought to this city for
interment. A meeting of the medical profession has been called for this evening at
half past eight o'clock, at the Miami Medical College to take action on the death of
the distinguished doctor.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS (51)
DR. ELKANAH WILLIAMS
Elkanah Wil1iams was born in Lawrence county, Indiana, December l9, 1822.
He was Captain Isaac's eleventh child. The parents had started their family in
Tennessee twenty years before with a biblical name, Laban. Now they looked
into the Bible for a name to start their second ten. Elkanah was the name of a
righteous Israelite -- the father of Samuel the Prophet who organized the
Jewish monarchy. In the history of names there have not been many Elkanahs.
But this one out of Hoosierland proved to be a great one.
He went through the common schools of Indian Creek township. He attended
Bedford Academy and the University of Indiana at Bloomington. In 1847 he
graduated from DePauw, then known as Asbury University. For a brief period he
taught in the rural schools of Lawrence county. Then he entered the University
of Louisville from which he graduated in 1850 with the degree of Doctor of
He was greatly influenced both in his personal philosophy and his medical
indoctrination by his contacts with Dr. Daniel Drake, the great pioneer medical
mentor of Kentucky and Ohio. Drake's scientific masterpiece, "Diseases of the
Interior Valley of North America" was published the year he graduated. There
is no doubt but that it was the influence of Dr. Drake, coupled with that of
Dr. S. D. Gross, a leading practitioner of Louisville, that inspired Elkanah to
go to Europe for graduate studies in surgery.
While teaching in Lawrence county in the winter of 1847, Elkanah decided to
give himself a Christmas gift -- a family of his own. On December 23rd he took
Sarah S. Farmer of Bedford as his wife. And while he was pursuing his medical
studies at Louisville, two daughter were born to them; Clara and Mary Belle.
After graduation he opened an office in Bedford as general practitioner, with
very good success. But his home was saddened by the death of his wife in 1851.
He buried her at Old Shiloh cemetery.
His home shattered, he decided to leave Bedford and move to the medical
center of Cincinnati. Closing his home and office, he first went to Louisville
for some graduate work in surgery, and then removec to Cincinnati, in 1852.
But by November of that year, his mind was made up -- he would visit the great
medical centers in Europe and specialize in treatment of diseases of the eye
His brothers -- all prosperour farmers -- enthusiastically agreed to look
after his girls while he was gone, and to finance him to any required extent.
Garret, Richard, Dick and Jack and Bart pooled resources and told him to go the
limit. He could repay them whenever he was able. But in the meantime, he
agreed to visit agricultural and mechanical fairs in Europe and relay to them
the latest and newest projects in continental scientific farming.
One of the things he did under this informal contract, was to purchase for them
a good stud horse in France. He shipped it home to them, highly insured. And
with this animal the Williams brothers, Alex Cox, and Henry Culbertson bred up
a fine line of draft horses in southern Indiana
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He left for Europe in November, 1852, and was away for more than two years. In
Paris he studied for eighteen months with DesMares, Nelaton and Roux. Helmholtz, at
Konigsburg, had just invented the ophthalmoscope, and Dr. Williams immediately became
associated with Dr. Andre Anagnostakis in a modification of the instrument. He then
went to London where for several months he was connected with the great Moorfields
There he made the first demonstration in the British Isles of the use of the
ophthalmoscope. He also published the first article in English on the subject: "The
Ophthalmoscope" which appeared in the London Medical Times and Gazette for July 1 and
8, 1854. His precepotors in London were Bowman, Dixon, Wordsworth and others. After
his tour at London he pursued his studies further at Prague, Vienna, and Berlin.
He had some sadness along with his fun in Europe. His oldest daughter, Clara,
died November 25, 1853 -- just a year after he had left Indiana. She went to join her
mother at Old Shiloh. And the news of her death was the Christmas greeting Elkanah
received that year.
Returning to Cincinnati in 1855, he resumed his practice, but limited it to the
field of the eye and ear. It has been said that he "was the first regularly
accredited physician in America who confined his practice strictly to those branches."
The old time general practitioners cast a lot of sarcasm and jealousy in his direction,
deriding his "specialty" as high-toned medical aristocracy.
But Dr. Elkanah went quietly about his work, and the profession finally came
around to his way of thinking. In the same year he organized his charity clinic at
Miami Medical School. And while he was receiving high fees from patients who could
afford to pay for eye surgery, he was at the same time giving thousands of dollars
worth of professional service free to those who couldn't pay.
In 1860 he was given the Chair in Ophthalmology at Miami Medical -- first such
chair in America. As the Professor of Ophthalmology he delivered the first series of
clinical lectures ever given in this field. He trained many skilled students in the
field of eye surgery, and then sent them out across the country to establish the
specialty. One of his students was his nephew Abram, the son of Pryor Williams who, on
completion of his studies went to St. Louis and set up there the first "Eye Specialist"
office. Elkanah's teaching career covered a period of twenty years.
During the Civil war when the medical school was closed, he was commissioned an
assistant surgeon in the U.S.Marine Hospital Service -- predecessor of today's
U.S.Public Health Service. In this capacity, when he learned that his nephew Eldridge
Williams lay dangerously wounded in Seminary Hospital at Frederick, Maryland, after
the Battle of Antietam, he travelled all the way thither, with "Dear Aunt Sallie' to do
what could be done for the young hero. (See Letters 5, 6, 7.)
For thirty years Dr. Williams was a leader in medical affairs not only in
Cincinnati and Ohio, but across the nation and internationally. He was president of
the Ohio Medical Society and of the American Ophthalmological Society, as well as the
New York Medical Congress of 1876. He attended the World Medical Congress at Paris in
1862 (where he presented a paper in French) and the Congress at London in 1872.
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He contributed numerous professional articles to the medical press
including nearly 50 covering his specialty, nearly all of which were were
published in the Cincinnati Lancet and Observer. He was co-editor of this
organ from 1867 to 1873. Dr. Thomas H. Shastid, in a biographical article
(American Encyclopedia of Ophthalmology) says: "There exists a privately
collected book in which his articles, or at least the most of them, were
brought together by Mrs. Williams, with an artistic title-page and a table of
contents running to many pages, from the pen of his pupil, the late Major
Christian R. Holmes of Cincinnati."
Dr. R. Sattler, another of his associates of Cincinnati, has supplied a
charming characterization of Dr. Elkanah Williams:
"Tall and broad-shouldered, with a merry facial expression which mirrored
his genial character, eyes which by their soft and penetrating gaze fascinated
the attention and invited discussion, associated with a frank and earnest
address, uniformly courteous manners, devoid of all studied or acquired polish,
one could but be impressed that with him the art of being and appearing
agreeable was a natural or spontaneous attribute or gift.
"Endowed with a disposition broad, generous and affectionate, an even and
jolly temperament, he attracted many people, and in his social as well as
professional relation he was always a conspicuous man, in particular because
his ready conversational power, adaptive ability, and diverse funds of
information rendered easy an approach with strangers
"His fund of story telling was, among his friends, almost proverbial; and
this, as well as his knack for their favorable introduction, must also be
considered as one of his characteristics; certain it is that it afforded him as
much plaasure as it often did his listeners.
"In his judgement of men and their actions, he was as charitable as he was
liberal and just; firm in his own convictions pertaining to religious and
secular affairs, he accorded the most respectful recognition to the views of
others. He was an upright Christian, and his conduct in religious matters was
exemplary. To his own cherished religious views, and to the simple creed of
his church, he was zealously devoted."
Both of his wives were "Aunt Sally" -- the first, Sarah Farmer, who sleeps
with little Clara at Old Shiloh. There are few memories of this Aunt Sally
other than the epitaph. The second Aunt Sally was Sarah McGrew -- and there
are still many happy memories of her among the descendants of Captain Isaac
Williams, scattered as they are. She was a mother to numerous Williams cousins
who loved to visit her and Uncle Caney in Cincinnati -- or to live with them
and attend lectures or go to business college.
Two years before his death, Dr. Williams retired completely from practice.
He had become aware of an apparently incurable tumor or other brain affection.
For two years he and Aunt Sally travelled far and wide in quest of relief. The
California sunshine did not help. Neither did Alabama's balmy weather. In
1888 they were in Pennsylvania, visiting with an old friend at Hazelwood, the
Rev. H. D. Walter. Elkanah Williams died in his home, October 5, 1888.
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“To Keep his Memory Green!”
This is Your Own
M E M O R I A L
Illustrious Uncle and Cousin
DOCTOR ELKANAH WILLIAMS
Pioneer in Eye Surgery
Who like Elkanah of old
Established a New Order
THE NEW SCHOOL OF EYE THERAPY
In Fulfullment of
A Great Prophecy
“The eyes of the blind
“And the ears of the deaf
shall be unstopped.
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A Cabinet of Private Correspondence
from, to,and concerning the famous Indiana oculist
These letters, forwarded by Mrs. Beulah Thompson to amplify other
biographical material on Elkanah Williams, have been copied from family
archives in Lawrence county. They represent the most active period of "Uncle
Caney's" life. The originals are in possession of his niece Mrs Cornelia
Jones, of Wiliams, Indiana.
Where the copyist has been uncertain of chirography, in some obscure
passages, we have tried to restore it by interpretation. The editorial
approach has been to preserve spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
Lengthy pages of longhand have, however, been broken up into cogent paragraphs
that do not exist in the originals. Parenthetical insertions are largely
(1) July 4, 1853
Andrew J. Williams to Elkanah Williams in Paris. "Respected
Brother" Big deal about a stud horse.
(2) April 30? 1856
Elkanah Williams to "Dear Sallie" his wife. Death and sadness in
(3) March 16, 1857
Bartimus williams to "Dear Brother". Corn and hogs and cattle, and
a "flowering" mill.
(4) March 16, 1857
Andrew J. Wil1iams to "E. Williams, dear Brother". Rheumatism;
again the horse; and the secret of success.
(5) Novembcr 27, 1861
Eldridge Williams, Recruit, to "Dear Aunt Sallie". How it feels to
be a soldier.
(6) November 12, 1862
The Doctor's Wife to "Dear Abram". Cousin Eldridge at point of
death after falling in action at Antietam.
(7) November 12, 1862
The Doctor to "Dear Abram". Empyema at Seminary Hospital,
Frederick, Maryland. The Lord's will be done.
(8) December 24, 1875
E. Williams to "My dearest Wife". Brother Jack died last night.
The cup of life is a strange mixture of joy and sorrow.
(9) February 11, 1883
Dr. Williams to "my dear old friend", Dr. Isaac Denson. A budget
of cherished memories.
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(Elkanah Williams: Correspondence)
(1) RESPECTED BROTHER
United States of North America State
of Indiana Lawrence County,
July the 4th, 1853
Mr. Elkanah Williams, Respected Brother:
As I am sick with a bowell complaint today, and having received your
letter of June the 5th yesterday, and as there is not much going on today but
Barbecues and big Dinner, in Commemoration of the Elustrious 4th of 76, I think
it a fit time to answer your letters.
We are all well as common but Mahala, She is dead! She Died 1st of June;
was as well as usual until the day before she died. She was unwell, and at
night she took some Medicine and in the Morning she thought she ought to take
some oil; Eli fixed it and went to the bed to give it to her, and spoke to her
and she said nothing, and in a minute he saw she was dying! He sent a boy to
our house and I jumped on a horse and went up as soon as I could, but she lived
only 3 minutes after I got there.
The children took it very hard, (and in fact Eli no better). She has been
sickly so long that it did not surprise any of us, (and I think it will not
you). They are doing well. Richard has a lite tuch of the Blues at the time,
the 1st one he has had since his wife was sick. His health is better, but I
think he gets more foolish every spell.
James K. Polk has left Hall's, and is at Richards. Hall gets drurk
whenever he can get it. Ambrose proposed to me the other day that we would go
over some night and prize him out and look at him by moonshine! I have but
little doubt but it will have to be done. (So if you write, say nothing about
it.) Ann has met her mach in Hall. Her boys are living with us and Bart.
Bart was here yesterday, which was Sunday, and brought your letter. He
says that he saw Jim's wife, and your children and (they) are all well.
Elkanah, I shall not name all the connections, suffise it to say, they are all
well, excepting bowell complaints. Cytha, Eldridge and myself have it the
worst sort. Dick is hearty, he has a fine son born the 2nd of May. Bart's
wife I think gets stouter.
We have fine corn, sorry oats, and the best wheat you ever seen. --Rye
indifferent. -- As a general thing health is good save Flux (and) Wooping
Cough. -- Bedford lost several with these two complaints. -- The old man gets
along much after the old fashion.
The Pork Men have sustained a very heavy loss. Ambrose and Bowline lost
they say 9000 Dollars, others think it more. Wash and Gaither have a fine crop
on the Oliver Farm. Rail road stock is better ($37 to the share) if it will
get up to 50 ours may slide; I never think it will. We sold Jim 4 three year
old steers the other day for 75 Dollars. I bought a mare this spring for $65
worked her a month and she took the colic and died. So goodbye 65 dollars. --
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I am glad to learn that you are well pleased with your trip to Paris. If
you want more money, put it off till just time to attend to it, then write how
much, when send it, how send it and I will get it for you. It is very likely
that I will have to get it out of the Bank, which will make it aspedient not to
get it till you want it.
We have drye weather, but I think there will be good corn crops this year.
and of course pork will be flat. Come what may, we are so near out that we can
see out; which is more than some can do. We are making large pasture of blue
grass with the intention of raising cattle. We intend to sow 100 Acres in
clover in the spring, for the Hogs I think there is some way to make money with
less work than we have generly done.
I received a letter from John Butler and V.I. Irvin in California the
other day. Vol says that they are not getting rich so fast as some wrote back,
but are making 100 Dollars per month, and well. (Deleted: An unclear item
about brother Garrett.)
Elkanah, you in your first letter to me gave a description of the french
horses. Henry Culbertson brought the letter to me, and when I read it, he was
very anxious I should find out more about it, and if we liked, we should make
arrangement with you to bring one when you return to the United States. I was
to write to you on the subject, which I did. And have received your letter.
Now Elkanah, I will tell you our object. First, we are 5-- if he dies It
is but our luck; 2nd, if they are large and stout as you say by crossing them
with ours we can produce a good breed; 3rd, that mules are the highest they
ever were, and every fellow of the big bugs have turned their attention to
them, and you can easily see that large mares are the ones to raise mules from,
(and finally) that a large mare is worth 150 dollars. Therefore it is, that we
want a large horse
I have no doubt that if we had one, that he would pay expenses the first
year. We would stand him so high that we would get but the best mares. in
order that you -- (Here Uncle Jack lays down his pen.)
July the 7th -- Elkanah, I have seen H. Culbertson, and shown him your
letter, and he thinks we will be certain to want the horse. I will tell you
what to do: see some of the best of the horses, take a Tape Line and measure
him around the girth, and then around the whole Horse that is, give us the
circumferance from the center of his breast around his buttie, to his breast
again. Also, see if there is any way of Inshuring him to New York.
We think of sending for him before you come home. If we had him here this
winter, he would pay- for himself by the time you return to the United States.
Men who ought to know, say they would as soon risk him by himself, by having
him Insured, as to have some person with him. I want your opinion on that,
Elkanah, as this will cost you considerable of Trouble, but if you will attend
to it, I will return the complement -- If we can send for the horse, then it
will be a fit time for you to send for what money you want ----
I think that we will be nearly certain to send (for) him, before your
return. Please to give all of the Information that I have requested --
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It is awful Drye here -- corn looks well, but wants rain. we are done
plowing, and are in the Oats -- Our oats are good, but oats in general are
sorry. I have worked the hardest this summer that I ever did. So hard that I
cannot write (that you can see without telling you). Bart is nearly done,
Garret is done --
Since writing the above, I learn that the James Boys and wife -- have the
Chills, but not bad. The old man is hearty. I want you to see (to) all the
things I have requested of you. and then write immediately -- be certain to
Yours in hopes that we may see Each other again -
ANDREW J. WILLIAMS
N.B. (Big rain today)
(Editorial note: The “old man” is
(Captain Isaac, still hale and
(hearty wnen this letter was writ-
(ten.... Elkanah's two girls were
(OK -- but one of them would be
(gone before Christmas.... The
(items about Hall concern Anna
(Kern's second husband.
(2) DEAR SALLIE
9. A.M. /1856/
April /29 or 30/
I hear this morning that Dixon died Tuesday night. Jack is still very
sick -- no better. I am going out on the cars in a few minutes--will see him
tonight. I fell sad this morning beyond all expression. Since I was last at
Bedford, father & Dixon have both gone to eternity. My brother in law Mr. Kern
died while I was there, and in all probability Jack may soon follow.
0H how uncertain is our lease upon life & how little is life worth living
for!! WithIn the last few years so many of my dear relatives & friends have
died that I scarcely feel any more desire to live myself. You know that I do
not set a very high estimate upon my privilege to sojourn longer in this world
of sorrow & disappointment.
But, my dear, do not be sad at what I say. It is for you & your sweet
Belle that I still want to live, & if I cannot be happy myself, it is my ardent
ambition to Contribute to tbe enjoyment of those whom I so dearly love.
Adieu dear Sallie -- Adieu
(Editorial note: Dear Sallie is
(Sarah McGrew, second wife.Sweet
(Belle is Mary Belle, daughter
(by 1st wife, Sarah Farmer. Mr.
(Kern is Eli, Mahala's husband.
(Dixon died April 28th, after MN.
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(3) DEAR BROTHER
White River, In(d)
March 16th, 1857
I take the opportunity I now have to in form you that we are all well
except Jack he is in trouble verry much with a pain in his hip he is over at
Port Williams at meeting will be here in the morning and write to you Jake
Wright has been preaching over there for three days we were all over Sunday
Becca and I were over to day was too tire to go tonight the boys is gone. I
have got no answer from you since my last letter.
It is fine weather now and I hope we will have spring it is a verry
scarce time of food for stock Jack & I will have a nough I think to take us
through we have 175 head at the Ratliff place feeding them fodder corn and
all. I have 13 fat cattle nice ones, I can sell them at 4 cts gross now do
not intend to sell till about the middle of may I wish you could write to me
and let me know what beef is worth in your Citty write ever few weeks and it
may be of some advan tage to me.
Alex Cox has 10 head and Ab Armstrong has 10 head. We will all sell to
gether Richard has ten or twelve I don’t know what he is going to do with his
Garret has three head he has been feeding them about 2 years and has kept them
from 10 to 50 dollars above the market they consist of two old oxen & one old
cow se have lots of fun with him about them they are verry fat he says if
there is any money in cattle he don't know where it is
A man from Albany was to buy them last spring and the same man was back a
few weeks ago but failed the fun was the man took his horse across the river
over night as the ise was about to break up Garret told him he could turn.
him In the hog pen over there the man came back staid till next morning
after breakfast Garret said he asked him if his horse did not need feeding next
morning no he replied I fed him enough last night to do him Garret went
over after he was gone God he said he reckoned he didn’t need feeding he
had turned him (in) to about 150 bbls of corn he says he wasted about four
bbls he says he wants him to come again to buy his cattle he says he thought
the first time he would steal now he knows it
Elic Cox says he is going to Cincinnati to buy a mill this spring he wants
to get a flowering mill he wants the kind that was at the state fair. I wish
you would try to learn about them if you can and write to me as soon as you get
this and I will tell him I am very anxious for him to get it. That one in
Indianapolis had two run of stones and a wire bolt and they said it would grind
100 bbl of flour a day. what will it cost.
I was at Vincennes last week Garret & Lewis went with me I entered 18
Acres of land at 12½ cts per Acre Garret entered 40 Acres joining his Marten
farm. Lewis was entered. it is now about oat sowing time we are making rails
Old W is sawing timber Garner & I are making Billy & Poke are feeding at home
Jakie & Rufus is feeding the stock cattle.
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Dail Bowden cut his knee verry bad about 3 weeks ago & has never been away
from home since till today he rode (to) meeting he thinks he will be able to
work in another week we were getting out timbers for a stable when he cut it
you heard about (the) death of Mrs. Farmer how are you doing I will let Jack
(Editorial note: The next letter
(from Uncle Jack is a continuation
(of the above. Jake Wright is
(Elder Jacob Wright, a famous
(Hoosier “Campbellitete.” Becca is
(Aunt Rebecca, Uncle Bart's 1st
(wife. Lewis, Garrett's oldest
(son. Jakie & Rufus, Uncle Dick’s
(boys-- Jakie is Jacob Giles.
(Billy & Poke must be Billy
(Withers and JKP, Pryor's boy.
(4) DEAR BROTHER
March the 16th 57
Mr. E. WILLIAMS,
I have been sadly afflicted in my thigh and Rheumatism. It is the same
that I hurt some 15 years ago. It is in my hip at times, then it is my thigh,
and then in my knee. It is a little better at this time, but lacks of being
We have been working at the Hurricane, and have been all of the time
except about 6 weeks in that awful cold weather in the winter. We (are) very
much behind owing to the cold weather Henry is down there now fencing, I am
at home Our Folks are all well, the boys have a lot of work to do this spring
and I (will) get them a hand today if I can. I would give 100 Dollars that I
was well. but it may all come out right.
As for our horse, he is fine, and Alex will go to town to day and see Dunn
and they will advertise him. He will stand as usual. His colts look fine, my
furgeson colt is the best in the lot. I think I could get 200$ for it I will
send you an advertisement when written Garret is as usual, (at) any hog
As for an other matter in your letter of last winter, I can not say what
would be best, unless I knew all about it. I have no chance to write on the
subject, as the house is full. Do as you think best, but have your Eyes open,
not get like a boy, (so that you can see nothing) This thing will concern you
more than any one else -- Look Sharp! I left last winter soon after getting
your letter. and did not get to answer it. Bart had just written and I
thought that would do for the time. I think it will come up this summer.
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Richard says, he and his wife will pay you a visit this spring --he is
about strate now. J. Wright preached at Port Williams on Sunday come down when
you have an opportunity to do so. But by all means stick to your Businys
Clost, as that is the whole secret of getting a long -- Save, and Skin
Write me a letter down in Martin Direct your letter Dover Hill Martin
Co. Isaac Kern is at Bart's and will take this to town today -- Your child was
well on last friday, when Isaac left. Jims Family is well. Old Mrs. Farmer is
I think our Horse will do a fine business this year. Dunn is very anxious
that he should stand in Bedford this season, but we think differently -- we
will get as much as he can do any How at Alex, as Alex (is) to keep him. Paper
out -- be shure to write, yours
A. J. WILLIAMS
(Editorial note: Hurricane, the
(Williams farm down the river.
(Alex Cox was one of the partners
(in the stud horse operation.
(Henry is probably Henry Culbert-
(son, another partner. "Your child
(is Mary Belle, and Jim's family
(Uncle Dick's, whose full name
(was James Dixon. Isaac Kern, the
(son of Eli and Mahala.
(5) DEAR AUNT
SALLIE Camp Harrow, Nov. 27th 1861
Dear Aunt Sailie:
We are finely located in Uncle Sams quarters and have plenty of good tough
beef and hot Slop to eat and good quarters to Sleep on so you may suppose that
we are doing very well. Danil and I came to this camp three weeks ago we have
been in camp every since and are very well satisfied with Camp life as for my
part I could not be seen off. James Briant has neither joined the Church nor
the Army Leut is putting in his time sparking I wish the poor fellow would
get a wife:
I expect that we are in the best camp in the State Mearous Bus Spring
and all the property belonging to them, this place cost the Government
$l,000,0OO we will be consolidated tomorrow or next day
There are 850 men in this camp under Col. Landrum our Captains name is
Evens the Col. and our Captain boath belong to the Christian Church they
are boath good men as ever lived our regament will be thrown into Gen. Boyles
brigad, this suites me very well as I am asquainted with the General and know
him to be one of the best men in the State besides he ranks amongst the
smartest men in the State
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But however we have some great rowdies and rogues in the camp all that I
am minus (is) a tincup but maybe I can steal another. I would like to come and
see you but furlows are hard to come at and I must go home and spend Christmas
so I can not come to see you until after that time and very uncertain then for
it (is) very likely we will be in Dixey. (I hope so by the Lord)
For tis now the time of strif and war,
The contest round one, every side;
Nations are bound to Saturn's car
Of those who meet him in his pride
Is there no arm his power to break?
Are there no hearts that deeply feel?
Sons of the Nation, rise! awake!
Obey your country's call,
Go bear (her glorious) banner forth,
Its glittering web of light unfold,
And scatter light from pole to pole,
My patriotism leads me to all most insanity as you may perceive from the
above lines. We are in the very center of a secession hole Harrods Boug is
nearly all secession, but they are all very civil we go in town every day and
drink all the whiskey we can find and run about like fools of Course
We have one man in our Camp that we call Col. Luel, and we call dress
parade “desperation". We manage to run over Col. Luel and stomp him in the mud
and I dare not say there is not a little cursing on th part of Col. Luel he
came from the knobs his eye (are) right on top of his head with hair about a
foot and a half long. So much for Col. Luel ---
Aunt please write to me soon so that I may get your letter before I go
(direct to E. Williams
Camp Harrow in care of Capt. Evans)
Col. Landrums Regament
(Editorial note: The next two
(letters tell how Eldridge and
(his patriotic zeal made out when
(he got to Dixie.
(6) DEAR ABRAM
Seminary Hospital Frederic
Nov 12th 1862
We reached here about nine o'clock last night after riding all day from
New York. We Did not wait for your draft as we met a kind friend who lent us
$90. We asked him to return your letter with draft to Cincinnati as without
Kanie's signature it would be worthless.
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I know that the news from Eldridge will grieve you very much. Kanie does
not think that he can live through today at the utmost one or two days. His
blood is absorbing the pus and as he can take no nourishment he is going down
very fast. Poor boy! He is constantly talking of what he is going to do when
he gets well. He is very cheerful and patient and tries to laugh when I remind
him of how he and Jimmy used to get into the sugar can. He is very much
reduced and looks very different from the Eldridge who came to see us before he
went into the army.
Jack is quite well and keeps up wonderfully considering what a very great
deal this is to him. They are very glad to see us. Kanie made Jack go to bed
last night and he sat up. Today we moved Eldridge into a private room
adjoining ours with a door opening between where he will be more comfortable.
He and Jack have felt very lonely from not receiving more letters from Bedford.
Jack has written six times without any success. They were very glad to hear of
Christy's boy as were we.
I think that we will (be) home the last of this week without fail. We
will telegraph you when we start, I will leave this open for any message your
Uncle may have to send.
With love your affectionate
(7) DEAR ABRAM
Nov. 12 (1862)
It is now 12 o'clock we have dressed Eldridge this morning & fixed his
bed after having given him strong doses of stimulata. He is a little more
lively this morning & has not had such a cadaverous look as last evening. He
passed a restless night -- coughed a good deal & expectorates pus. His chief
sufferings now are oppression of breathing & cough which seem to be the result
of empyemia. His pulse is 140, very feeble & fluttering & breathing rapid &
I thought last night that he would not live over today, but he haa rallied
a little this morning under the active stimulation which I subjected him to, on
my arrival. But I see no single symptom to hang any sanguine hope upon. 0! if
the poor patient boy could only get well! But the Lord's will be done!
Sallie & I will stay here a few days till he either dies or gets better,
I am very sorry that you have been kept back from Lectures so long, but it has
been unavoidable. We will try to make up for it in the future. Leave our
money matters till I get home, unless I instruct you,further. -- We can hear
no word from Rufus & have no idea where he is unless dead or in some hospital
at Philadelphia or Harrisburg, Pa. We will do all we can to find him I can
hardly write as you can see. E. W.
Direct to Seminary Hospital as before
(Editorial note: Abram is the
(son of Pryor Williams; he is in
(Cincinnati, reading medicine
(with Uncle Kanie. Hence the
(careful discription of symptoms
(in Elkanah’s letter.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS CABINET: 9 (63)
(8) MY DEAREST WIFE
Friday Dec 24, 1875
My dearest Wife:
The agony is over. Brother Jack died last night at 9 1/2 o'clock. He
suffered a great deal till nearly the end, except when I sat by him and soothed
him with chloroform. I could not bear to leave him much as I longed to be at
home with you. In the morning I thought he would die before noon & I could
ride to Shoals and get off on 2 P.M. train.
Then I decided to go after night & reach the 2 oclock train before day.
Just after dark it commenced a drenching rain which continued till the morning.
There is scarcely any bottom to the roads and I dared (not) to go, as I could
not avoid getting drenched & drowned in mud. I intended to get home this
morning & spend the day and return by this evening train to the Funeral.
As it is I will stay over. We will go to Barts (some 6 miles)this P.M.
and from there to Old Union near Fayetteville, where he will be buried tomorrow
at 12 oclock. I wish so much you could be there but you could not get there in
the awful state of the roads.
I will go from there direct to Mitchell and take the first train for
Cincinnati. I think the train goes east saturday night as usual at 3 oclock or
near that, for Cincinnati. If so I will get in Sunday between 8 and 9 o’clock.
I hope you will have your christmas tree tomorrow all the same, as you
have made all the arrangements and the children will expect it. I will be here
to weep with those who weep & you can rejoice with them who rejoice. The cup
of life is a strange mixture of joys and sorrows, but in the wisdom of God it
is so combined for our good. So let us ever believe and be not cast down by
the one and intoxicated by the other
I was very sorry you were not with me to contribute in your tender and
thoughtful way to the comfort of one of the noblest and best men that ever
lived. As it was he lacked nothing that any could do. I ever saw such
universal love and devotion. It seemed that poor Hensons heart would break.
It is all over but the "dust to dust" which is easy.
Give my dearest love to Mary and Henry. Kiss the dear little boy on
Christmas for his grandfather, and remember that I always love you above all
others in this world -- not others less but you more. Hoping we may soon meet
in health and have yet a respite of happiness before either shall be called
away, I am ever your loving husband.
(Editorial note: So the great
(General's little namesake, born
(on the French Broad Farm at the
(close of the Creek War, joined
(Capt. Isaac and General Andy in
(the Great Bivouac. And Uncle
(Kanie was there to ease his
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ISAAC WILLIAMS CABINET: 10 (64)
(9) MY DEAR OLD FRIEND
Feby 11, 1883
My Dear Doctor Denson:
On this sleepy and dreary day, in the woods where dreariness shows off to
its best advantage, up above and in full view of the Ohio river which is out on
the biggest swell it has indulged in this century, you will not be surprised if
I should walk back about 30 years in memory and make a call on you.
I have a distinct boyhood recollection of you and always in association
with the dear ones that were sick. My personal confidence in you as my ideal
representative of the grand healing art was so great and so sincere that when
you reached the old home I felt that death could not come. Many a night have I
layed myself down in that beautiful assurance, and slept soundly, after many
anxious and wakeful nights because you were in the house and had agreed to
remain all night.
How well do I remember the time when our family consisted of an even dozen
(including my father and mother) all practically grown, and when the thought of
burying a single one of them brought tears to my heart, and I felt I could not
endure the reality. Well, forty and more years have run away and how stands
the circle now? Garrett now 76 or over and myself are left and to all earthly
appearances I shall be left to bury him. Bart and I who were chums and always
together as boys fighting with and for one another on occasion have of late
years when together talked over old times and wondered which would live to bury
the other. That question then in the misty future was settled a few months ago
when that cross fell on me, as the crown was placed on him.
I no longer brood over these visitations and feel that I cannot bear them.
I have borne them with the grace which was sufficient for the day as each
departure came. The family is nearly all over the river now and I am waiting
for the boatman and ready to say, "Take, 0 Boatman, thrice thy fee.”
I do not write this, my dear old friend, in a melancholy spirit, and I
hope it will not make you sad. It is simply the expectant call of an old and
loving friend to another. So many of the ties that bind me to this life are
broken, as the attractions in heaven increase, that I am looking forward and
upward now instead of back to the old graves of the past.
But if I ever come to Bedford again and hear that you are alive, I shall
come and shake your hand and look you in the eyes and say in my neart, if the
"Be of Good Cheer, God Bless you!"
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OF CAPTAIN WILLIAMS
This book is now as complete as available time and facilities make
possible prior to the June reunions of the families concerned at Florence,
Kansas and Bedford, Indiana. The Williams Association of Kansas will meet at
the old homestead of Uncle J. K. P. Williams on June 9th. Two weeks later the
Adamson Family Reunion will occur at Bedford.
Part V., the logical next section of the book, will present the family
records of thirty-four grandchildren of Captain Isaac Williams -- those who
left known descendants. Much of this material has been assembled, thanks to
the field cooperation of so many of the Adamson, Kern, Sears and Williams
cousins. But it has not been completely edited or prepared for the tedious
task of cutting the mimeograph stencils.
Because of the large amount of material discovered which had to be
carefully edited for Captain Isaac's book-- and the limited time available for
the purpose -- the work on the Adamson and Culbertson families had to be
delayed until after the June reunions.
Three books on the Lawrence county Cousinry are now in the making, and we
will turn them out with whatever speed, efficiency and economy we are capable
of. The three brochures, on all of which a considerable amount of work has
already been done, are:
ADAMSON: The Great-Grandchildren of Herschel Williams-Adamson
CULBERTSON: The Family of David Culbertson
WILLIAMS: The Grandchildren of Captain Isaac Williams.
The Williams brochure is encompassed by the forecast presented in the next
I. Uncle Garrett's Families
II. Uncle Richard's Sprouts
III. Grandfather Pryor's Children
IV. Aunt Haley's Folks and Kinfolks
V. Uncle Dick's Siblings
VI. Uncle Bart's People
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ISAAC WILLIAMS .I. (66)
UNCLE GARRETT’S FAMILIES
Uncle Garrett bore, as his prenomen, the full name of his maternal
grandfather, Garrett Gibson. The first we hear of him is as the head of a
family in 1790 in Surry County, NC. He was a member of the Westfield Quaker
Meeting; and on Feb. 15, 1800, he took a certificate to the Lost Creek Meeting
in Jefferson county, Tenn. Two years later, May 22, 1802, he was chosen
Overseer of the Lost Creek Meeting. Other members of his family evidently were
not Quakers, as we find no reference to them in either Lost Creek or Westfield
A family Bible record shows the marriage of his daughter Amelia to Isaac
Williams on May 1st, 1801, and the date of her birth to have been June 6, 1786.
This places her nativity in Surry County, and her age at marriage at fifteen.
When the family removed to Indiana in 1817 she was 32 years of age, and already
the mother of eight children.
Lucy Kern, life partner of Uncle Garrett, was the daughter of Abram Kern
and Susan Wilson. The family record precedes on p. 33. Of their fourteen
children, eight married and left descendants. Uncle Garrett and Aunt Lucy may
be seen in lithograph on a preceding page.
Six of their children left no issue: Celia, b. l833, married Mike Stipp as
his second wife, without issue; three sons, Civil War Veterans-- Adam K., died
of measles in service, Laban, killed in action at Gettysburg, and Daniel Boone,
wounded in action, died in California in 1876; and two who died in infancy,
Jackson, b. 1840, and Rebecca, 1849.
THOSE WHO LEFT DESCENDANTS
112721. Clarissa Williams, b. May 11, l830 d. April 20, 1871
m 1) Pleasant Bowman, with issue
m: 2) George Phillips, with issue
112722. Lewis F. Williams, b. July 20, 183l d. Sept. 12, 1898
m 1) Sarah Hays, with issue
m..2) Sarah McDonald, with issue
112724. Cytha Williams, b. Oct. 8. 1834 d. May 17, 1880
m. Milton McKee, with issue
112727 Ambrose Williams, b. May 11, 1839 d. Sept. 19, 1881
m. Eliza Cox, with issue
11272.10 Emilia Williams, b. Nov. 1, 1844; d. 7-14- 1921
m. William Franklin Mitchell, with issue
11272.11 Zachary Taylor Williams,b. Feb. 8, 1847; d. Sept. 9,1906
m. Sarah J. Witsman, with issue
11272.13 Clarinda Williams, b. Aug. 20, 1851; d. October 11, 1924
m. Love Bossert, with issue
11272.14 Emmaline Williams, b. April 17, l853; d. Jan. 10, 1895
m. Theodore Short, with issue
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ISAAC WILLIAMS .11. (67)
UNCLE RICHARD’S SPROUTS
Our Quaker ancestor’s name was carried down at least through four
generations, in Virginia, North Caro1ina, Tennessee and Indiana. There were
Richards in all generations. Captain Isaac was a great-grandson. He had an
uncle Richard and a brother Richard. He named his third son Richard. The name
has clung to all branches of the family through 500 years of the family's
Uncle Richard married another of Elder Abram Kern's beautiful daughters.
And some pioneer photographer of Lawrence county has preserved their likeness
for our family archives. John E. Williams, a grandson, recorded some
recollections for his own grandchildren, on January 1st, 1940:
"My grandfather Richard... lived across the river at what was known as
Port Williams, a small town 1/2 mile west of Port Williams Church. Port
Williams town, and a fort at one time, for protection from the Indians. Had a
store and a few houses.. Richard built the brick house where the old fort
stood. At one time he owned three good river bottom farms. Where the brick
house stood, and across the river what was known as the Green farm, and he
owned what is called Hopper's Bottom." The brick house, built before 1870,
still stands in 1963. (Reprodution note, it is still standing and occupied in 2001.)
Six children left no issue: Mahalia, b. 1840 and Cornelia, 1846, first
and second wives of A.D. Hinshaw; Olevia Jane, 1850, who married James Leonard,
and whose child died in infancy; and three others that died in infancy:
Asenath, 1852-3, and two sons, 1852 and 1856.
THOSE WHO LEFT DESCENDANTS
112731. Ahinoam Williams, b. Jan. 27, 1830; d. Sept. 4, 1851
m. William Withers, with issue
112733. Commodore Perry Wi11iams, b. July 20, 1834; d. Jan. 14, 1898
m. Elizabeth S. Chase, with issue
112734. Canaan Williams, b. Oct. 31, 1836; d. Oct. 12, 1920
m. 1) Elizabeth Jane Hastings, with issue
m. 2) Miranda Mosier
112735. Susan Williams, b. Sept. 24, 1838; d. July 2, 1934
m. Hollis H. Chase, with issue
112737. Miscena Rebecca Williams, b. Dec. 31, 1842; d. May 29, 1929
m. Jacob Bossert, with issue
112739. Tilghman H. Williams, b. June 26, 1847; d. July 27, 1930
m. Josephine McClung, with issue
11273.12 William Mathes Williams, b. April 3(6), 1854; d. July 21, 1933
m. l) Flora I. Short, with issue
m. 2) Kate Williams of Salem
m. 3) Belle Pinic of Orange county.
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ISAAC WILLIAMS .111. (68)
GRANDFATHER PRYOR'S CHILDREN
Of all of Grandfather Pryor's family, only Aunt Jane Reynolds did not go
west after the Civil War. The Williams hegira even included Pryor's widow,
Anne Kern -- widowed a second time with Hall's demise. She spent a lot of time
in later years in the homes of C.C. and J.K.P. Williams and Lucy Crawford in
Chase and Marion counties, Kansas. Uncle Abram was probably first to hit the
trail. He studied medicine with Dr. Elkanah in the 50's, and then became, like
his uncle, an eye specialist, and went to St. Louis to set up his practice.
Uncle Ike was a Gold-Rusher, with itchy feet. He put in several years in
California and Oregon. He was a Blue Lodge Mason in California and in Oregon
became Grand Master of the Royal Arch. Then he went to Texas, got into the big
cattle drives, and landed up in Kansas where he met the railroad at Abilene and
Ike convinced his young brother James K. Polk that Kansas was God's
Country. So in l87l Uncle Jim and Aunt Nette (Antoinette if you please)
brought their three children to Marion county. In another ten years Kansas
called to Christopher to come for his wife's health. He brought the family in
'82, died in '85 -- and his wife survived him 30 years!
Lucy, the youngest girl, came also, and raised a large crop of Crawfords
in Kansas. Elijah Crawford, her husband, was a brother to Samuel J., a civil
War governor of Kansas. The brothers were born in Lawrence county, Ind., to
William Crawford and Jane Morrow. They had come from North Carolina in 1815,
in the same wave of migration that had brought Simon Rubottom. Samuel J. won
fame and glory in the Ozarks with the Second Kansas Regiment. But he had to
give up his military career in 1864 when nominated and elected to the
governorship. Elijah made more fame, as far as the Williams family is
concerned by siring eight healthy, husky great grandchildren of Captain Isaac.
Two of Pryor’s children left no issue: Rhoda (1832-1846) who died during
youth; and Isaac, the Gold-Rusher, Grand Master and Texas-Kansas Cowpuncher.
THOSE WHO LEFT DESCENDANTS
112753. Abraham Williams, b. Sept. 16, 1835; d. August 6, 1912
m. Belle Williams, with issue
112754. Christopher Columbus Williams, b. July 31, 1837; d. Jan. 29,
m. Elizabeth Anne Embree, with issue 1885
112755. Jane Kern Williams, b. Nov. 20, 1839; d. Jan. 28, 1938
m. Lewis M. Reynolds, with issue
112756. James K. Polk Williams, b. Jan. 28, 1844; d. Nov. 28, 1917
m. Antoinette Reed, with issue
112757. Lucy Williams, b. March 5, 1847; d. May 30, 191
m. Elijah Crawford, with issue
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ISAAC WILLIAMS .IV. (69)
AUNT HALEY'S FOLKS AND KINFOLKS
Three of Captain Isaac's boys married three of Elder Kern's girls. As we
have seen, Garrett, Richard and Pryor teamed up with Lucy, Abby and Annie. And
Elder Kern tied the knot good and tight in each case. We are fortunate indeed
that pictures of these three pioneer Williams wives have been preserved for our
One of Captain Isaac's daughters (Aunt Mahala) found a man in the same
family -- and the same preacher to tie the knot. She married Eli Kern, who
came on the sled from Kentucky when he was three years old. They were married
in 1832. She passed away in '53, and he followed he in 1856.
Uncle Eli and Aunt "Haley" both joined the Immortals over a century ago.
Neither of them heard the bugle blasts for the War between the States.
Memories and anecdotes of their twenty-one happy wedded years have been
forgotten. Only three of their six children left descendants. But the Census
Marshal of 1850 has left a robust and healthy picture of a happy family:
He found a farmer from Kentucky, with a farm worth $7000 and a family
worth far more. His wife Mahala from Tennessee, was 39 years old. They had a
farmer, John Fisher, 32, native of Kentucky, working for them. And they had
six fine children: Cornelius, 18; Isaac1 16; Rebecca, 15; Abraham, 14; Prior,
12; and Abigail, 11. It is a good picture -- even without an ancient
daguerreotype to prove it.
Three years later Uncle Jack left a sadder picture. He described Mahala’s
passing in his letter to Elkanah in Paris:
“...Mahala, She is dead! She Died 1st of June; was as well as usual until
the day before she died. She was unwell, and at night She took some Medicine
and in the morning she thought she ought to take some oil; Eli fixed it and
went to the bed to give it to her, and spoke to her and she said nothing, and
in a minute he saw she was dying. He sent a boy to our house and I jumped on a
horse and went up as soon as I could, and she lived about 3 minutes after I got
Three children left no issue: Abraham, born 1836; Rebecca, 1835; and
THOSE WHO LEFT DESCENDANTS
112761. Cornelius Kern, born January 14, 1833; died Feb.27, 1896
m. Melvina Sears, with issue
112763. Isaac Kern, born 7-27-1834; died Ju1 7, 1928; m. 1861
m. Hannah Parr, with issue; b. l-19-1834; d. 3-5-1901
112765. Pryor Kern, born circa 1838; died May ? 1899
m. Mary Frances Romine
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ISAAC WILLIAMS .V. (70)
UNCLE DICK'S SIBLINGS
Isaac and Amelia named him “James Dixon”, but he was always known as
Dick, or Uncle Dick. We have not identified the source of this name. It may
be that Amelia's mother was a Dixon; or possibly they wanted to honor some
other relative, friend or neighbor with a namesake.
He died April 28, 1856, making three deaths in the family in four months.
Eli Kern’s was January 13th, and Captain Isaac's February 13th. “I feel sad
this morning, beyond all Express” wrote young Doctor Elkanah. Uncle Dick was a
prosperous farmer. He and Uncle Jack pooled resources and labor. When he
died, Uncle Jack became the mainstay of his widow and orphans. Dixon’s wife
was Cytha Cox, a noble pioneer Quaker girl of the North Carolina stock.
The Census Marshal of 1850 gives a glorious picture of the James Dixon
Williams household. On the day he took the schedule there were sixteen people
present. Besides Uncles Dick and Jack and Cytha, there were six children:
Jacob 1, Emily 3, Minerva 5, Rufus 8, Louisa 9, and Eldridge 10. Cytha’s
niece, Telitha Cox, 13, also lived with them. Three farm hands were present,
George W. Richards, 23, Wi1liam Richard 20, and Samuel Ventis, 19. There must
have been a big house or barn building program in progress, for there were
three builders present also: George Bacon, 21, carpenter, with helpers Jacob
Henry 21, and John Butler, 20. Wasn't that a good family for Cytha, 29, and
Te1itha, 13, to cook and wash for? And there were still three children to come
before the Grim Reaper had his day.
Two of Uncle Dick’s siblings left no issue: Eldridge, born 1839, went away to
war, a happy patriotic recruit of 1861. He was badly wounded at Antietam, and
died a few days later in a military hospital, under the watchful care of Dr.
Elkanah and Aunt Sallie. Michael Elijah born 1853, married Mary A. Boyd, but
left no issue.
THOSE WHO LEFT DESCENDANTS
112782. Louisa Wi11iams, b. July 20, 1841; d. May 28, 1916
m. Wesley Rout, with issue
112783. Rufus Williams, b. March 9, 1843; d. Oct. 11, 1926,
m. Susan J. Kern, with issue St. Petersburg, Fla.
(Great grandfather of this reproduction’s editor)
112784. Minerva Wil1iams, b. April 10, 1845; d. Feb. 16, 1913
m. George Kern, with issue
112785. Emily Williams, b. April 20, l847; d. Sept. 22, 1926
m. David L. Kern, with issue
112786. Jacob Giles W1illiams, b. Feb. 9. 1849; d. June 4, 1928
m. Alice Roark-Hendrickson, with issue
112787. Cyrena Williams, b. April 30, 1851; d. Cooperston, Okla.
m. David L. Sears, with issue
112789. Daniel Webster Williams, b. Feb. 26, 1856; d. Sept. 17,1888
m. Talitha Craig, with issue
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ISAAC WILLIAMS .VI. (71)
UNCLE BART'S PEOPLE
Uncle Bart's People were Children of Mount Olive. Mount Olive church was
built in 1871 on land deeded for the purpose by Bartimus Williams and wife.
Emily A. Williams, William N. Hinshaw, Arthur D. Hastings, Lewis R. Williams,
Bartimus Williams and their successors were named trustees. The deed was dated
Feb. 8, 1870, according to a memo in an ancient Williams ledger. Among the
charter members were Bartimus Williams and wife, Canaan Williams and wife,
Garrett Williams and wife, Richard Williams and wife, Tilghman Williams and
wife, and Captain Hastings and Obed Lamb and their wives. The cemetery is a
little Williams City, presided over by Uncle Bart and two of his wives.
Before Mt. Olive was built, the folks from north of the River used to go
over to Port Williams, to the church erected there in 1850. John Williams,
Richard's grandson, wrote in his memoirs: They surely had a wonderful
congregation. Grandfathers Williams and Hastings, Bro. Killis Bex, Embrees,
Bryants and others, when they would walk and come from Bryantsville and from
across the river. Mt. Olive was built in 1871, all that had to cross the river
to get to Port Williams quit. Several from our neighborhood went there to
church, in spite of the handicap of crossing the river by ford or boat."
Of Uncle Bert's three marriages, the first to Rebecca Armstrong was
childless. The second with Emily Angeline Hammersley produced another Isaac
Williams. There were four children of the third marriage with Rachel McDonald.
One child of the latter marriage left no issue: Richard Garfield Williams
(1880-1899) who died in youth; Bartimus L. Williams, born 1883, married Pearl
Baker, with issue.
THOSE WHO LEFT DESCENDANTS
1127.12.1 Isaac Williams, son of Bartimus and Angeline Hammersley
b. Jan. 2, 1870; d. Jan. 1, 1936.
m. Lola Kern, with issue
1127.12.2 Cornelia Williams, daughter of Bartimus and Rachel McDonald
b. Sept. 22, 1876: age 87 next September; d. 10-21-1963
m. Walter A. Jones, with issue (Burial, Mt. Olive.
1127.12.3 Zipporah Williams daughter of Bartimus and Rachel
b. July 15, l878: age 85 in July '63
m. Elza Smith, with issue.
1127.12.5 Bartimus, 1883-1961 m. Pearl Baker; issue
THESE TWO GRACIOUS LADIES
OF WILLIAMS, INDIANA
ARE THE ONLY SURVIVING GRANDCHILDREN OF CAPTAIN ISAAC WILLIAMS
June l 1967: How appropriate it is that theirs
We close this edition should be the last names mentioned
With a Grand Salute to a in this memorial book in his honor
Grand Lady, “Aunt Zippy" --
Capt. Isaac's only living Grandchild.
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This is one of six books dealing with
Quaker family history, which we have pub-
lished during the past eight years, as
genealogical items of
The Benjamin Fraank1in Junior
=== Historical Series ===
1. Adamson Source Book. 1942-60.
2. Ancestry of Pryor Williams. 1959.
3. Rachel Adamson's Hoosier Clan. 1961.
7. Captain Isaac Wil1iams. 1963. 1967.
8. John and Mary Williams. 1963.
14. Lost Creek Memories. 1966.
The books were published in a limited
number, for the Adamson and Williams re-
unions of Indiana and Kansas. They dea1
largely with the pioneer southern Indiana
families of Adamson, Kern and Williams.
During the past three decades we have
compiled a vast amount of fami1y history
on theses and many related families, among
which are Bright; Cox, Culbertson, McBride,
Rout, Rubottom, Sears, et al. We plan to
publish on these families also.
The reunions for which our; series has
been adapted are-usually held on the last
Sunday of June, as follows:
Adamson: At or near Bedford
Williams: At or near Marion, Kansas.
Ben and Alice Dixon
6008 Arosa Street
San Diego Calif 92115
(The editor of this reproduction has written a history of the descendents of his great grandfather
Rufus Williams [page 70 of this document]. He was assisted greatly in that effort by many Williams
family relatives all across the USA. He lived in southern Indiana until 2001 and enjoyed several
visits to the area around the town of Williams. Only a small portion of the original Williams
holdings are still titled to family members.)
Roger Glenn Williams
8525 Gulf Blvd Apt 208
Navarre Beach, FL 32566-7267
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